Kelly stars in Downham’s title defence

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Norfolk Alliance

Premier Division

Swardeston A (194 for 8 wkts) 5pts lost to

Downham Town (199-2) 22 points by 8 wickets

Downham started the defence of their title with a comfortable win against Swardeston at the Common on Saturday,

Swardeston held the upper hand for the first 19 overs after being asked to bat first.

Although Islam was caught behind by Rob King off the bowling of Sam Sharp the run rate was good as any loose ball was sent to the boundary.

The pitch was very good and the outfield fast and a big Swardeston total looked on the cards. Town stuck to their task and the introduction of Joss Stuart who removed Martin for 34 and spinner Nick Kelly swung the game Town’s way.

Kelly took the wickets but Stuart was by far the pick of the bowlers. The pair only conceded 53 runs off their 26 overs with Kelly bagging five wickets and Stuart one. Levinson made 49 for the hosts but the Hogg brothers brought some respectability to the total as Swardeston closed on 194 for 8 from their 50 overs.

Town’s reply started slowly but as the shine started to go off the ball Tom Tansley began to find the boundary with some hard-hit shots. Ian Harrison looked solid at the other end as the pair ticked the score along at four an over until Tansley was caught behind five short of his half century. Pat Yates joined Harrison and raced to 20 before being adjudged LBW.

Kiwi Nick Kelly then came to the crease and immediately showed his class with a boundary off his first ball.

Kelly then set about wrapping up the game quickly with some classy shots, being particularly severe on the spinners.

Kelly raced to his fifty in 35 balls and five overs later the game was over as Kelly launched a huge six over the scorebox to finish on 76 not out. Harrison was 37 not out at the end of the game as Town romped home with 13 overs to spare.

CGM Group Man of the Match was Nick Kelly.