Hooton takes first Premier wicket as Downham Market crash

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Norfolk Alliance

Premier Division

Ashmanhaugh and Barton Turf Wanderers 129-4 (21pts) beat Downham Town 127 all out (3) by 6 wickets

Downham Town travelled to Barton Turf on Saturday and were asked to bat first on an pitch that looked less than flat.

Tom Tansley faced the first over as the ball began to keep low and occasionally lift off a length.

Town found runs hard to come by as Caswell and Hayes both bowled well.

Alex Vincent was bowled by Caswell, soon followed by Tansley caught at gully.

Pat Yates got an unplayabale delivery from Layer as Town’s innings floundered.

Nick Kelly picked up the run rate but was not his fluent self on a bowler-friendly pitch.

Kelly was trapped LBW to a ball that kept low to signal a middle order collapse against the off spin of Cupido. Only Chris Sharp who made 27 showed any resistance as Downham Town were dismissed for 127 in the 41st over.

Town needed to get early wickets with the new ball to have any chance but Ewart chanced his arm and grabbed some boundaries early on for Wanderers.

Two more Ewart boundaries flying over the top of gully were finally followed by his wicket as he again hit across the line; this time the ball flew high in the air to be caught by Kelly.

Joss Stuart then removed Everett, again caught by Kelly, with the score on 44.

The score moved to 104 before the next breakthrough as youngster Rob Hooton picked up his first Premier Division wicket, that of Caswell with the help of a smart catch by Rob King.

Chris Sharp had Cupido caught on the boundary for 39 as Wanderers raced home in the 25th over.

CGM Group Man of the Match: Chris Sharp.