Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier Division
Downham Town 218 all out (7 pts) lost at Brooke 219-7 (24) by 3 wickets
Town travelled to high fliers Brooke and just lost out in a hard fought game at the weekend, which saw Brooke move to the top of the table.
Town were put into bat and lost Ian Harrison early bowled by Nudd. Alex Vincent was scoring freely as he and Pat Yates took the score to 38 before Yates popped up an easy catch to square leg. Town were 97 for 2 at the halfway stage but lost Vincent for a well made 60 after opening the innings for the first time in league cricket.
Nick Kelly did not cut loose until the 41st over when he took 22 from a Watson over. Kelly was adjudged LBW with his score on 90 and Town still well placed on 194 for 6 going into the last six overs. Chris Sharp (21) was bowled by Nudd, who then dismissed Angus Stuart and Dave Grady in the same over as the innings closed on a below-par 214.
Panter hit some fluent boundaries but when he was caught by Lanchester off Harrison for 18 and when Watson was bowled next ball Town were back in the game. Brooke’s overseas player Jones began to take the attack back to Town. Harrison went passed his outside edge on more than one occasion and a ball dropped agonisingly in front of Yates at second slip.
With the score on 98 Kelly trapped Rob Porter LBW and Town worked hard to starve Jones of the strike. Two more wickets for Kelly in the 32nd over saw the game still well balanced. Brooke’s real game changer was Sturman’s hard-hit 47 and only an Angus Stuart yorker to remove him with the score on 212 prevented him from seeing Brooke home.
Jones went next over for an excellent 88 well caught by Rob King off Kelly but Brooke crept home with three overs remaining to record their first league win over Town for quite some time.
Town slid down the table and the visit of Diss next weekend will be a tough game after they convincingly beat morning leaders Fakenham.
CGM Group Man of the Match: Nick Kelly.