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Fakenham triumph in Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League Challenge Cup Final

The exciting middle order of Fakenham powered them to victory over A & B Wanderers in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Challenge Cup Final.

Held at Sprowston on Bank Holiday Monday, A & B Wanderers won the toss and elected to bat.

Four early wickets fell to Oscar Campbell (3 for 51) before opener Jordan Everett (51) was joined by the hugely-talented Nuwan Jayasena (50).

Fakenham Sunday side. (50784157)
Fakenham Sunday side. (50784157)

Together they shared a stand of 83 before they were both dismissed by John Ewart (2 for 19). After that the innings crumbled and A & B were all out for 152.

This was mainly due to captain David Coyle polishing off the tail with an impressive spell of 4 for 14.

In reply Fakenham lost three early wickets which brought first Lloyd Marshall (48) to the crease, followed by Luke Caswell (39) and later by John Ewart (40).

These three batsmen proved to be the Fakenham powerhouse with some exciting hitting as well as to a beautiful display of controlled and sensible cricket.

Challenge Cup action. (50784161)
Challenge Cup action. (50784161)

However, Fakenham managed to ride the hostile bowling and emerged winners by posting 153 for 5.

The Man-of-the-Match was Lloyd Marshall, whose 48 runs contained three mighty sixes.

League chairman Colin King said: “A & B Wanderers played well but their score, although challenging, was I felt 30 runs short of what would have made an interesting target.

“Fakenham, on the other hand were a well disciplined side and, thanks to their middle order, thoroughly deserved their win.”

n In the final of the Broke Cup, a strong Barney side convincingly overpowered a spirited Terrington St Clement outfit.

Also held at Sprowston, Barney won the toss and elected to field.

Terrington St Clement picture. (50784159)
Terrington St Clement picture. (50784159)

Terrington St Clement started cautiously but soon began to lose early wickets.

Opener Adam Young (21) proved to be the backbone of the side until there was an exciting “wag of the tail” through Mehul Patel (23) and Phil Manning (25).

For Barney, Jack Burton (3 for 17) and Tom Fisher (3 for 29) bowled well.

In reply, Barney hit the required runs in just 17 overs and for the loss of one wicket.

Openers Jason Seed (33 not out) and Liam Channell (26) laid the foundation that brought Aaron Riseborough (48 not out) to the wicket to bludgeon his way to victory.

Broke Cup action. (50784163)
Broke Cup action. (50784163)

Matthew Brockman-Smith (1 for 18) took the only wicket for Terrington St Clement.

The man-of-the-match simply had to be Aaron Riseborough who scored 42 of his 48 runs in boundaries, including a massive six.

League chairman Colin King said: “Terrington St Clement is a team that I have a great deal of respect for. They are an exciting club with an amazing team spirit.

“This final proved not to be their day, but there will always be the ‘if only’ question with me wondering if the match would have been closer if Terrington had won the toss.”

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