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Fakenham CC crowned champions of first-ever Jewson Sunday Smash T20 competition

By Pete Woodhouse

On Sunday Fakenham CC were crowned champions of the first-ever Sunday Smash 20/20 competition, sponsored by Jewson.

With Fakenham, Brooke, Dereham and a Norfolk Alliance Select XI in attendance, the standard would be high, and the quality of the games certainly did not disappoint the large crowd.

Fakenham hosted Dereham in the first semi-final.

Fakenham CC Lloyd Marshall (13632312)
Fakenham CC Lloyd Marshall (13632312)

Bowling first, Fakenham lacked discipline, enabling Dereham to post a good par 159 from their 20 overs. Fakenham initially responded poorly, slumping to 9-3 and at the half-way stage needed 80 off 10 overs with five wickets left. They got over the line with just three balls to spare in a thrilling finish with Harry Bammant (49), David Coyle (35) and Lloyd Marshall (25 not out) the main contributors.

The second semi also produced a nail-biter as Brooke overcame the Alliance Select team’s total of 153. The chasing side required 12 runs off the final over, bowled by former Norfolk bowler Aaron Watson, and one off the last ball. Tom Nudd hit it for six.

The final started with Fakenham off to a flyer with John Ewart (30) and Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (48) impressing. Fakenham then imploded somewhat and limped to a par 149.

Brooke looked to be set for victory at 70-0 off 10 overs before Coyle dismissed the dangerous Sam Clabburn (48).

Billy Buckingham then picked up three wickets with his spin and Toby Hood added two wickets to secure a good 20-run victory.

and bring an end to a fantastic day and spectacle enjoyed by couple of 100 or so crowd.


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