Fairey's hundred gives Downham Stow a derby day victory
Freddie Fairey hit a century as Downham Stow finished their regular NCB League season with a six-wicket win over local rivals North Runcton on Saturday.
Fairey hit 12 fours and a six and was out for 101 looking to finish the game. Skipper Pat Yates (48) saw Downham Stow home after a slight collapse.
The win meant that Downham Stow finished second and will face an away play-off against the corresponding South Norfolk team next Saturday to finalise their finishing position.
Downham Stow restricted Runcton to 167, with three wickets for Otto Esse in a tight eight-over stint. George Bruce also bagged three wickets, including key Runcton man Ben Coote in the final over.
Fakenham, who had finished the previous week, took the league by six points from Downham Stow while last year’s Norfolk Alliance champions Runcton ended up in fifth spot.
Swaffham ended their Group 3 programme in fourth position after a three-wicket defeat at Sheringham despite a spirited defence of only 90. Oli Wynne led the fightback with 3-12 off six overs. Only three Swaffham batsmen had reached double figures.
In Group 5, North Runcton 2nds beat their Downham Stow counterparts by 24 runs. It means Downham Stow mirrored their first team by finishing second. North Runcton 2nd XI were fourth and Sandringham fifth.
Fakenham 2nds finish second in Group 6 following a comfortable 72-run success at Great Melton CC 2nd XI. After opener Ben Ashford fell for nine, Harvey Osborne made 45 to help set a challenging 208-6 from 40 overs.
Osborne and Jason Clarke then kept things tight with the new ball before Archie Bradnock reduced Great Melton to 46-2 while Wiliam Buckingham added an exceptional analysis of 8-3-16-2 and Tom White grabbed three wickets. It meant the hosts were never in the hunt.
In Group 9, Narborough captain Jonathan Coe smashed an unbeaten 82 to overhaul Mellis by four wickets and seal third spot.
In Group 11, Thornham looked comfortable at 94-3 chasing Felthorpe’s 139 but collapsed to 134-9 after top scorers Chris Burgess and Ben Harris fell before Adrian Siddle (not out 8) and Shaun Baker (no 1) got the hosts home with nine balls to spare.
Earlier Benji Richardson took five for 18 as Thornham sealed fifth spot. Sandringham 2nds are runners-up after losing at Reepham & Salle. Sandringham were 79-4 before Marcus Ringwood and Bradley Tennant, who hit three sixes, added 75 for the fifth wicket. But four wickets went down for five runs to effectively end their chances.
Dersingham topped Group 17, while Castle Rising 2nds’ John Gill dismissed five of Thornham 2nds’ top six as they were skittled for 86.
Top scorer Matt Footman and Simon Bailey sealed victory with an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 48 as Rising ended upthird and Narborough 2nds fourth after their loss at Rocklands A.
Saturday scores, Group 1: Downham Stow 170-4 (31.1 overs: Freddie Fairey 101, Patrick Yates 48no; Jack Major 1-27, Callum Eke 1-, Michael Crisp 2-11) beat North Runcton 167 all out (39.2ov: Michael Crisp 47, J Forder 35, Benjamin Coote 35; Kurt Richards 1-25, George Bruce 3-35, Otto Esse 3-20, Dom Corbett 1-25, Freddie Fairey 1-30) by 6 wickets. North Runcton won the toss and elected to bat.
Group 3: Sheringham 96-7 (25.2: Oli Wynne 3-12, Tom Puckey 2-33, Matthew Brockman-Smith 2-20) beat Swaffham 90 all out (28.1: Alex Vincent 25, Ben Drane 29) by 3 wickets.
Group 5: North Runcton 2nds 134-8 (40) beat Downham Stow CC 2nd XI 110 all out (36.4) by 24 runs. Runcton won the toss and elected to bat. No details available.
Sandringham 136-6 (40ov) lost to Great Melton 140-4 (34.2ov) by 6 wkts. Sandringham won the toss and elected to bat. No details available.
Group 6: Great Melton CC 2nd XI 136-7 (40: Archie Bradnock 2-21, Wiliam Buckingham 8-3-16-2, Tom White 3-39) lost to Fakenham 2nd XI 208-6 (40: Harry Todd 24, Harvey Osborne 45, Harry Bammant 37, Henry Thornton 34, Luke Caswell no 35) by 72 runs.
Group 9: Narborough 182-6 (40: Jonathan Coe not out 82, Jamie Marwick 23, Kyran Wymer 32) beat Mellis 181-8 (40: Oliver Reynolds 2-19, Charlie Steeles 1-9, David Cornwall 1-42, Jordan Grass 1-34, Guy Powley 2-26) by 4wkts.
Group 11: Thornham 140-9 (38.3: ChristopherBurgess 46, Ben Harris 36) beat Felthorpe 139 all out (37.3: Benji Richardson 5-18, Christopher Burgess 1-27, Simon Parsons 3-7, Ben Harris 1-0) by 1 wkt. Thornham won the toss and elected to bat,
Reepham & Salle 212-6 (40: Damon Hudson 2-18) beat Sandringham 2nd XI 184 all out (39.2: Marcus Ringwood 36, Sary Rahma 17, Andy Walder not out 45, Bradley Tennant 45, Adrian Nicol 13) by 28 runs. Sandringham won the toss and elected to field
Group 17: Castle Rising 2nds 87-3 (22: Calum Crome-Russell 15, Matt Footman not out 33, Simon Bailey no 11; Adnaan Tyabji 1-8, Liam Woodcock 1-22, Harry Bland 1-16) beat Thornham 2nd XI 86 all out (34.1: Stephen Lucas 16, Will Symington 12, Nathaniel Linsell 16; Karthik Sankar 2-17, John Gill 5-11) by 7 wkts
Dersingham 151-1 (29ov) beat Saham Toney 2nd XI 150-6 (40ov) by 9 wkts. Saham Toney won the toss and elected to bat. No details available.
Rocklands A 184-4 (40: Andrew Thompson 1-27, J Steeles 1-38, Hunt 1-19) beat Narborough 2nd XI 127-7 (40: Sam Jones 14, B Welsman 25, Hunt not out 19, Mark Hammond 20, Andrew Thompson no 11) by 57 runs. Narborough 2nds won the toss and elected to field.