Downham Town bounce back to winning ways

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Downham Town 235-7 (25 pts) beat Swardeston (5pts) by 71 runs

Town returned to winning ways on Saturday with a convincing Norfolk Alliance victory over Swardeston.

Batting first, Ian Harrison and Pat Yates both batted sensibly looking to set up Town for a big push later in the innings.

At the halfway stage, Town were well placed at 100-1 as Yates chalked up his 50.

Yates (56) and Harrison (64) fell in quick succession, but the free-scoring Nick Kelly was hitting boundaries every over.

Alex Vincent and Kelly looked likey to take Town to a big total, but Kelly was caught at long-on for 34 as Town stuttered along in the last 10 overs.

Vincent played some nice shots in a brisk 21, leaving Joss Stuart and Chris Sharp to achieve maximum batting points as Town closed on 235-7.

Sam Sharp had Martin well-caught by a leaping Vincent early in the reply but Ruffles and Levinson looked untroubled until Ruffles unluckily chopped a ball onto his stumps to give the former his second wicket.

Joss Stuart grabbed the next two wickets, those of Levinson and Tufts, to put Town in the driving seat.

Angus Stuart replaced Sharp and his lively spell accounted for Botwright, brilliantly-caught by Sam Sharp at mid-on, and Hogg who offered a regulation catch to keeper Rob King.

The Sharp brothers, now bowling in tandem, took a wicket each.

Sam had Matt Hogg caught-behind by King and brother Chris accounting for Flescher, caught by Lanchester, at mid-off.

Harrison had caught Poole at mid-wicket off Kelly’s bowling and last-man Oxley wasted no time in smashing three quick boundaries.

Town brought back Angus Stuart to try to wrap up the innings.

With his first ball he knocked over Islam’s leg stump to give Town a much-needed win.

CGM Group MoM: Ian Harrison.