Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier Division
Downham Town 236 for 8 wkts (23 pts) beat Stow 232 for 6 wkts (9) by 2 wickets
After a poor performance last time out Town needed a win in the local derby against Stow on Saturday.
Town won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Stow to bat first on a very dry wicket at the Memorial field.
Angus Stuart led the attack for Town and had the dangerous Ed Landymore caught at gully by Tom Tansley for 5 in his third over.
Stuart bowled his first seven overs for one run but Stow captain Keith Thomson and Warren Bowman then steadily built the innings.
Stuart went past the outside edge of both players’ bats but there were no wickets for the home side for the next 30 overs. Both players passed 50 but a sharp piece of fielding by Pete Barnard ran out Bowman (50) to bring in big hitter Tom Davey.
The runs now started to flow with Thomson adjudged LBW to give Nick Kelly the first of his three wickets. Davey, Tom High and George Cook all scored quickly as Stow closed on a very competitive 232 for 6.
Tansley and Ian Harrison opened the innings with some boundaries but both were dismissed early to leave Town 20 for 2.
Nick Kelly took the attack to the visitors’ opening bowlers, being particularly severe on Jackson Latham who had earlier clean bowled Harrison with a good delivery. Dan Ward and Otto Esse bowled well.
Pat Yates was caught behind by Cook off Esse with the score on 79 to bring in Jason Coe. Coe played a sensible role and gave Kiwi Kelly the strike.
At the halfway stage Town were well set at 121 for 3 with Kelly dropped on 60 at backward point and never looked back as the 200 came up in the 38th over. Coe (30) then played a rash shot and was bowled by Ward (3 for 52).
Two boundaries by Paul Harwood saw the score to 222 before Latham then had him caught by Cook at the end of his 10th over. Ward followed that by bowling Kelly for a magnificent 143, his first century for the club, after Kelly had despatched him for a six and a four to bring the scores level.
Latham had Barnard and Angus Stuart adjudged LBW with the first two balls of his 11th over to give him a hat-trick, almost unnoticed.
Stow had a huge appeal turned down for a catch at gully against Joss Stuart off Latham but Stuart responded by smashing the next ball through cover for four to bring Town home with seven overs remaining.
Town travel to Cromer next weekend while Stow made the visit to league leaders Fakenham.
CGM Group Man of the Match: Nick Kelly.
MKM MoM: Keith Thomson.