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Downham Stow relinquish top spot in Norfolk Alliance Premier Division

Norfolk Alliance

Premier Division

Norwich beat Downham Stow

by three wickets

Downham Stow lost only their second league game of the campaign as they relinquished top spot to Garboldisham in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division on Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. The pitch looked true, if not a touch slow, with a rapid outfield.

Finlay Wilcox and Tom High put the Norwich bowlers under early pressure with some fluent stroke play. Downham Stow were sitting at 47 for none before the loss of two wickets in two balls from the bowling of Frankie Sutton.

This kicked off a clinical bowling innings from left arm spinner Frankie Sutton. He bowled probing lines with great accuracy.

Finlay Wilcox and Ben Wilcox put on a handy partnership to rebuild the Downham Stow batting innings, before Finlay fell for a well-made 52.

Downham Stow never recovered and loss the remaining seven wickets for 66 runs as they were bowled out for 150.

Sutton was the main destroyer with wonderful figures of 5-16 off nine overs.

Downham Stow began their bowling innings in the best possible manner with a wicket in the second over, claiming Oliver Higenbottam for a golden duck off the bowling off Addam Todd.

Elliot Santner, right arm leg-spinner, was brought on in the fifth over and immediately claimed an early breakthrough to leave Norwich 11-2.

Sutton and William Bowman rebuilt the Norwich innings with a couple of very measured innings to kill all Downham Stow momentum.

However out of nowhere Downham Stow struck thrice in quick succession through some probing seam bowling from Arthur Wilcox and Samuel Morgan and the hosts were in a spot of bother at 73-5.

Norwich managed to get over the line with some very useful middle order cameos.

Pick of the batters for Norwich was Sutton and Nick Hook with 31 runs apiece.

Elliot Santner finished with tight figures of 2-23 off 10 overs.

Tomorrow, Downham Stow will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Fakenham in a derby.

Downham Stow are sponsored by Hart Farms.

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