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Freddy Fairey 114 as Downham Stow smash 404-7 in Norfolk Alliance Premier's largest cricket victory margin of 2022 vs Bradfield



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Downham Stow recorded the largest victory margin by a team batting first in this year’s Norfolk Alliance Premier Division when they crushed Bradfield on Saturday.

They racked up 404-7 after batting first on a pitch which looked hard with an even grass covering, giving the impression that it was going to be a belter.

Bradfield’s opening bowlers started well with tight lines and generating a large amount of swing. Michael Seago found the outside edge of Will Denny’s bat twice in quick succession with both opportunities being put down in the slip cordon.

The Garboldisham bowling attack looks to find a way through the Fakenham batting during Saturday’s Premier Division clash. Photo: Mark Bullimore
The Garboldisham bowling attack looks to find a way through the Fakenham batting during Saturday’s Premier Division clash. Photo: Mark Bullimore

From that moment on Downham Stow knew luck was on their side. Freddy Fairey seized the opportunity and began blazing the ball to the boundary. Anything short he deposited into the field and anything full got carted to the fence in seconds.

Denny was the first to go for 19, with the score at 109-1 and Fairey on 85 not out. Fairey blazed his way to an amazing century in just the 16th over of the match. He finally fell for 114 off 68 balls, with 17 fours and three sixes.

Downham Stow carried the momentum that Fairey created through the entire batting innings.

Garboldisham bowling to Fakenham during Saturday’s Alliance Premier Division clash. Photo: Mark Bullimore
Garboldisham bowling to Fakenham during Saturday’s Alliance Premier Division clash. Photo: Mark Bullimore

Scores of 80 from Elliot Santner, 60 from Ben Wilcox and 52 from Finlay Wilcox, meant Downham Stow scored a record-breaking 404 off their 50 overs.

No Bradfield bowler went for under seven an over but Seago, the league’s second top wicket-taker, was definitely the pick with 3-77 from 10 overs. Bradfield’s opening batters came out positive looking to wrestle back the momentum in their favour.

However, the fall of their two openers halted their innings. From there, Bradfield never tried to win the game, and looked only to gain batting bonus points. They finished their innings on 228-7 after batting the full 50 overs.

Garboldisham bowling to Fakenham during Saturday’s Alliance Premier Division clash. Photo: Mark Bullimore
Garboldisham bowling to Fakenham during Saturday’s Alliance Premier Division clash. Photo: Mark Bullimore

Santner (2-26) and Addam Todd (2-28) led the attack for Downham Stow who remain in second spot, 10 points behind league leaders Fakenham.

Fakenham were 36-run winners in their crucial clash at Garboldisham after making 258-8 from their 50 overs.

Luke Caswell cracked 14 fours and two sixes in his 109 to lead the charge for the table-toppers who dismissed Garboldisham for 222 in reply.

Caswell completed a fine all-round performance by taking 4-24 while David Coyle chipped in with 4-32 to leave Fakenham in control of their title destiny with four matches of the season remaining.

Fakenham 2nds’ match and ball sponsor (v Sprowston 2nds): Norfolk Post and Beam.

Downham Stow 2nds were unable to stall high-flying Hethersett and Tas Valley as they claimed a rampant victory on Saturday.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first and, despite the early wicket of Nick Burrett, bowled by 16-year-old Owen Stacey, the away side built a strong partnership through Ben France and Sam Morton.

The pair put on 110 before France was dismissed by Steven Moulton.

Morton then moved through the gears and brought up an excellent hundred in the final few overs of the innings.

A nice cameo of 33 off 32 balls from Ian Bryce saw the target set reach 239. Ian Harrison and Owen Stacey were the pick of the bowlers with both taking two wickets.

After the break, France and Crispin Clarke took early wickets before the Ian Bryce show began. Bryce took 5-28 from eight overs which saw the home side fall to 46-7 in a devastating display of controlled swing bowling.

Chris Sharp’s 49 wasn’t enough to make the chase competitive despite good support from Moulton as Downham Stow were eventually bowled out for 138 runs.



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