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Downham Stow father-and-son both hit centuries in huge third-wicket stand





It was a family affair in Division Four West of the Norfolk Cricket League as father-and-son Gary and Olly Hooker took the plaudits for Downham Stow 4ths in the clash against Saham Toney 2nds.

Gary and his son Olly, 14, both smashed unbeaten centuries after coming together at the crease with the team in a little trouble.

Downham Stow won the toss and elected to bat first which proved to be the right decision, despite being 25 for 2 early on.

Downham Stow picture (57655859)
Downham Stow picture (57655859)

Dad Gary was put down by the Saham Toney wicket keeper and after that big slice of luck went his way the Hooker batting combination never looked back.

Boundaries were plundered by both batters punctuated by quickly ran singles.

They both reached their half-centuries and Gary tried to up the scoring rate with some lusty blows but suspicion was that he was tiring.

Gary reached his hundred with a pull for four, then it was all about whether young Oliver could match his dad and get to his maiden 100.

The youngster had reached 98 with the last over being bowled when he got one on the hip which he turned round the corner for the two runs required.

This led to an eruption from the visiting team watching from the boundary.

Downham Stow went on to record 283 for from their 45 overs before dismissing their hosts for 156.

This was a really wonderful performance, one which will probably never be forgotten In the Hooker household. Downham Stow are sponsored by JW Sergeants Butchers.



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