Cook serves up tight Stow win

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Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier Division

Stow (127-9) beat

Swardeston ‘A’ (126 all out) by one wicket

Stow captain Keith Thomson won the toss and with little hesitation decided to have a bowl in overcast conditions.

Swardeston openers started well with no breakthroughs for the home side in the first 10 overs. D Ward (3-37) then took two wickets in an over including Swardeston overseas import Islam for nought, smartly stumped by keeper George Cook from a leg side wide.

This brought the dangerous Tufts to the crease, smearing two towering sixes in a quick-fire 30 before S Moulton had him clean bowled. Stow in the middle overs took regular wickets with the spin of Esse (3-18) proving most difficult to play. A wicket for Latham and two silly run outs left Swardeston all out for a below par 126 in 37 overs, leaving Stow 63 overs to chase the runs.

In reply, Stow lost openers Landymore and Bowman to Swardeston seamer Oxley to be 30-2 after 10 overs.

Thomson and Esse were rebuilding steadily until Esse (15) was unluckily adjudged LBW to a delivery which appeared to hit the bat. Runs dried up and wickets were falling regularly.

Thomson (20) was a key wicket for Swardeston, LBW to an Islam full-toss. Cook and the lower order were batting with patience, steadily ticking off the runs required. With Stow 118-8 Richmond was bowled leaving a delivery from the spin of Islam.

This brought last man Latham to the crease still needing nine for victory. Cook (27*) kept his cool, batting with great maturity to see Stow home in the 59th over.

MKM Man of the Match: George Cook.

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