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Downham Town move top of the Norfolk Alliance




Downham Town made it five wins from as many games on Saturday to move top of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.

After both captains agreed on shortening the game to 25 overs with the forecast suggesting a day of rain, Downham defeating a young Diss side by 86 runs at the Memorial Ground.

Diss won the toss and asked Downham to bat first.

On a wicket that had a bit in it for the bowlers, Downham lost a couple of early wickets.

That brought Yates (52) and Gould (18) to the crease who rebuilt a platform for Downham to accelerate from at the end of the innings.

Australian Nathan Green was able to do that superbly scoring a quickfire 55 as him and Yates took the game away from Diss as Downham finished on 169 for 6 from their 25 overs.

Town openers Green and Harrison started the innings well, but it was young Ben Fouracre who made the breakthrough, running-out skipper Williamson for one with a direct hit from mid-on.

From then on Downham picked up regular wickets and, at one point, had Diss 35 for 6.

Wickets were shared around and once Rob Hooton picked up the dangerous Tooke caught on the fence for seven the game was all but over.

A couple of lower order partnerships prevented Town bowling Diss out as they reach 83 for 8 from their 25 overs.

That left Town with 21 points as they moved to pole position in the league after six games played.

Downham travel to 2016 champions Brooke on Saturday hoping to continue their good run.

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Downham v Fakenham Cricket. Downham: Back left to right Jack Gould, Sam Sharp, Joss Stuart, Nathan Green, Addam Todd, Ian Harrison. Front left to right, Harrison Gregory, Dom Corbett, Alex Stuart, Chris Sharp, Pat Yates (1935699)
Downham v Fakenham Cricket. Downham: Back left to right Jack Gould, Sam Sharp, Joss Stuart, Nathan Green, Addam Todd, Ian Harrison. Front left to right, Harrison Gregory, Dom Corbett, Alex Stuart, Chris Sharp, Pat Yates (1935699)

Stow lost to Brooke

by 5 wickets

Stow lost their first game of the season with a five-wicket defeat at home to Brooke.

With an unsettled forecast, both captains agreed on a shortened T20 format in a bid to get a completed.

Captain Otto Esse lost the toss and Stow were asked to bat on pitch that looked helpful to bowlers.

Ed Landymore, promoted to opening the batting, and Amit Dhadwal started circumspectly as they kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Dhadwal tried to up the tempo of the innings but was bowled by Rob Setchell to leave Stow 39 for 1.

Tom High joined Landymore and began purposefully as he advanced down the pitch and lofted Setchell back over his head for six. Landymore struck his usual powerful shots before High was then caught in the deep trying to hit spinner Mutombodzi for another maximum.

Ben Wilcox made 18 but Stow were unable to provide the acceleration they required in the middle overs.

Wilcox was stumped to leave Stow 108 for 3 and, although Landymore reached his half-century, he was out soon after as he was caught in the deep.

George Cook hit a lusty six early in his innings but a flurry of wickets saw Stow end on 128 for 7.

Brooke openers Shearer and Panter had to deal with some tight bowling from openers Dan Ward and Pete Brassett.

Early pressure caused Panter to play a slog across the line and Brassett removed him leg-before-wicket for six to leave Brooke 10 for 1.

Shearer and Mutombodzi combined for a partnership of 64 before Esse removed Mutombodzi for 33 and had Clabburn caught without scoring to give Stow a glimmer of hope.

Drinkell was then caught off the bowling of Sam Morgan and Brooke found themselves 92 for 4.

Stow missed out on two opportunities to remove Shearer as he was put down twice on his way to 50.

Although Lloyd Richmond removed Habershon for 10 the game was done and Brooke hit the winning runs with an over to spare.

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