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Downham went into Saturday’s game with Fakenham on the back of the news that their overseas star Nick Kelly would be returning home two weeks early after sustaining a knee injury.
The New Zealander again has had a top season averaging 43 with the bat and taking 19 wickets.
The Downham players knew without him they would have to step up, but with South African Chad Bowes in the opposition they knew it would be a tough ask. Bowes and Luke Findlay (54) put on 196 for the first wicket, with Bowes making a brilliant 127.
After Bowes went bowled by Todd, however, it was all Downham with the ball taking nine wickets for just 52 runs with Fakenham finishing on 248 for 9 from their 50 overs.
Chris Sharp took 4 for 50 to do the main damage with the ball.
In reply Downham lost the wickets of Harrison and Tansley early. This brought captain Yates and promoted up the order Joss Stuart to the crease and they set about rebuilding.
The two put on 108 for the third wicket but when Yates went for 49 the run rate fell and the win started to look unlikely. Stuart eventually fell for a well-made 66 and the only other major contribution was a hard hitting 36 from Duncan Lanchester as Downham ended 28 short of their target, Lloyd Marshall taking three wickets for the hosts.
Downham host Diss tomorrow aiming to secure their Premier Division status with a win.
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North Runcton won off the last ball in a thriller to keep them in the hunt against top of the table Garboldisham.
NRCC won the toss and elected to bowl first. This paid off as at the halfway stage Garboldisham were 64-3 finding it hard to get going.
However, after drinks, patient batting and sloppy fielding let the home side get to 194-9 off their 45 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Will Means who picked up three wickets in his fifth consecutive match finishing with figures off 3-21.
With a competitive target set by Garboldisham the home side took control of the game by dismissing Runcton’s top three batsmen with less than 25 runs on the board.
The rebuilding of the innings started but as soon as Means departed for 21, Darren Cubitt joined Jack Johnson at the crease where the pair shared a crucial 95-run partnership. Both batsmen found the boundary with regularity and ease which turned the game in Runcton’s favour as they only needed 25 off the last eight overs.
As soon as Johnson departed for a match-winning 77 and Cubitt (42) out the very next over it was down to the last wicket pair of Jack Trundley and Callum Fisher to guide the team home. Trundley (20*) showed maturity beyond his years as the 15 year-old smashed a four off the last ball of the innings, leading to wild celebrations.
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Ring Associates Man of the Match Johnson said: “It was a great team win as in previous weeks we have relied heavily on our top three batsmen to win us the games. I’m just happy that my maiden half-century played a telling contribution in what was a crucial win in our promotion bid.”
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Thornham Cricket Club played Snettisham 2nds on Saturday.
Thornham won the toss and put Snettisham into bat, Billy Brotherton taking 5 for 25; Snettisham all out for 135.
In reply Steve Lucas 14 and Will Dodds 14 made way for the in-form Chris ‘Alf’ Burgess 52 and Shane Vandepeer 22 not out, Thornham winning by five wickets. They sealed promotion and need just one point tomorrow for the title.