Fakenham beat Bungay to extend lead at top of the table
Fakenham 2nds consolidated their position at the top of Division Three of the Norfolk Alliance with a 46-run victory over Bungay at the weekend.
In blustery conditions and, on a green wicket at Highfield Lawn, the hosts won the toss and decided to bat in a match reduced to 30 overs
After a confident start with the bat, Fakenham lost the wickets of Harrison Futter, Keegan-Monahan-Fairlie, run out for 29, and Harry Bammant in quick succession.
Wickets continued to tumble in the middle order with Jeremy Wright, Emily Dack, R. Rathod and Sam Speak were all dismissed to leave Fakenham on 87-7.
Ben Ashord played a careful innings of 26 before Finn Lowe came in to partner Jack Rowley and departed for three after a valuable ninth-wicket partnership of 18.
Luke Matthews was bowled without scoring and Rowley finished 17 not out as Fakenham were dismissed for 115.
The start of the Bungay innings was delayed by the rain.
When play did start in the first over B. Ling was bowled by Luke Matthews for a duck and it soon became 4 for 2 in the next over after C. Fuller was bowled by Rowley for one.
Bungay were finding runs hard to come by and their misery was compounded when R. James was run-out for four.
The score moved on to 35 when T. York was caught off the bowling of Dack for 18.
Stuart Smith was run-out for a useful innings of 13 before F. Rowell was caught by Harrison Futter off the bowling of Emily Dack for two leaving Bungay on 59-7.
In the 23rd over O. Hall was bowled by Dack for 10 with score now 65-8. In the same over A .Flood was caught by Sam Speak for five and the Bungay innings finished on 69-9 after 22.4 overs.
Dack completed a fine spell of bowling with figures of 5 for 13 off 5.4 overs.
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In the Premier Division, Downham Stow CC played away to Cromer CC on Saturday.
Winning the toss DSCC chose to bowl first, the away side made regular inroads and kept the run rate under check to bowl Cromer out for 177 in the 49th over.
In reply, DSCC made light work of the run chase with the top four all making runs to win by eight wickets in the 29th over.