Batting failure sees Downham Stow lose play-off semi-final to Witham
Downham Stow Cricket Club in their debut season exited the East Anglian Premier League promotion play off semi-final by nine wickets against Witham after an uncharacteristic batting failure today (Sunday).
Home skipper Pat Yates admitted the Two Counties Cricket Championship Division One title-winners were too strong in all departments on the day versus the recently-merged side at Stow Hall which saw a large crowd enjoy the early autumn sunshine.
The ninth wicket partnership of 31, between top-scorer Addam Todd with 42 and Jamie Cook, was the biggest stand of Downham Stow’s innings of 161, which said it all. There were promising starts from opening bat Keith Thomson 24, Ben Wilcox 17 and Fergus Lellman the latter who fell to away skipper Jake Wakelin (4-18).
The visitors from Essex had 30 on the board within four overs via a flurry of five fours between Chris Huntington (31), who has scored 700-plus runs this year at an average of 55, and Michael Godwin. Godwin finished on not out 71 and Kaan Hawes an undefeated 40 in an unbroken stand of 91.
Yates said: “We got starts in partnerships and never really went on and made them into proper partnerships that were game-changing.
“Yes, you can’t lose wickets that regularly and expect to win games, really: 160 was never going to be enough out there.
“It was unfortunate because we had batted well this season. It’s a shame we didn’t show it today.”