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Downham Stow's Denny smashes 55-ball century in Norfolk Alliance Premier clash

Will Denny was the Downham Stow hero as the league leaders extended their advantage at the top of the Premier Division standings with a 69-run success over Brooke.

Denny smashed a 55-ball century after the game against Brooke was reduced to a T20 following heavy rain in the morning.

Downham Stow won the toss and elected to bat.

Fakenham v North Runcton..John Ewart and Ben Harvey. (57410703)
Fakenham v North Runcton..John Ewart and Ben Harvey. (57410703)

Chris Sheehy, Brookes opening bowler, bowled with great accuracy early and reduced Downham Stow to only 15 runs off four overs.

But Downham Stow knew if they could keep wickets, they could accelerate especially with a short boundary one side of the ground.

The fifth over proved to be the starting point of an explosive clean-hitting innings from opener Denny.

Denny deposited a couple sixes into the field, and never looked backed.

Downham Stow found themselves 100 for no wickets off 10 overs, with a great supporting act by Finlay Wilcox, who fell for 34.

Denny’s outstanding innings meant Downham Stow made a formidable total of 205 in 20 overs.

Robbie Bridgstock was the pick of the Brooke bowlers with some accurate spin generating figures of 2 for 25 off four overs.

Downham Stow bowling innings begun with an aggressive opening spell by Kurt Richards.

Being a tall man, he extracted great bounce and took two early wickets.

He bowled four overs on the trot and finished with well-deserved figures of 2 for 25.Addam Todd bowled with great accuracy and took some crucial wickets as Brooke were reduced to 136.

Todd finished with amazing figures of 4 for 8 from four overs.

Division One

Swardeston beat Downham

by 28 runs

Downham Stow skipper Chris Sharp lost the toss and his side were put into the field as they took on Swardeston at the common.

Opening bowlers Dan Ward and Owen Stacey started well with the latter bowling five overs and only conceded four runs.

Ward (2-25) made two early breakthroughs to dismiss Martin caught-behind and then Walker, caught well at cover by Tom Davey, to leave the hosts 11-2.

Swardeston battled back but after a short rain delay Dom Corbett managed to get the breakthrough as Taylor chipped the ball to captain Sharp at cover.

As the innings headed towards the latter stages Steven Moulton struck to remove Hogg for 22 and then Sharp dismissed the hard-hitting Gooderham.

Swardeston eventually finished on 197-5.

In reply, Downham Stow lost Jason Porter early before Ryan Watson and Davey began to build a partnership.

The introduction of spin brought the downfall of Watson who was stumped off the bowling of Walker for 18.

Corbett fell in the same fashion to De Coteau-Spring and when Davey was bowled by Walker the visitors were in some trouble.

Ash Corbett continued his good form and along with Tristan Esse struck some big blows as they dragged themselves back into the game.

Esse was then caught on the boundary for 17 as the partnership was broken.

Corbett then was caught for a well-made 48 and Sharp batted well until he was adjudged leg-before-wicket despite hitting the ball off the middle of the bat to the boundary.

This left the lower order with too much to do in the closing stages as they were dismissed for 169 to give the hosts a deserved victory.

Hart Farms Man of the Match: Dan Ward.

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