Kelly eyes ton as Downham Market break duck with run feast

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Downham Town found their first Norfolk Alliance Premier win of the season at the fifth attempt on Saturday against Cromer, who started the day in second position.

Town won the toss and batted.

The innings started well with a partnership of 37 before Tom Tansley was run out for 17 in a mix up with Ian Harrison at the other end. After Pat Yates fell quickly it was left to Harrison and Nick Kelly to rebuild the innings, which they did with great style.

A partnership of 197 made up of 129 from Kelly and 54 from Harrison, set the innings up perfectly for the lower order to up the run rate. Despite a couple of quick wickets and Lanchester retiring hurt, 30 from Jason Coe and 21 off 13 balls at the end from Chris Sharp got Downham up to 316 for 6 from their 50 overs.

After being declined by the opposing captain to use a 12th man at tea after Lanchester’s injury, Downham came out determined to not let their disadvantage stop them from gaining their first win.

Three quick wickets from Addam Todd (3 for 16), who is getting better and better each week, and some terrific catching from Tansley, Robert King and Josh Stuart meant Downham were soon on top.

Despite a defiant 55 from Chipperfield and a little bit of nerves creeping in, two wickets apiece for Stuart and Harrison and 3 for 18 for Kelly cleaning up the tail, meant Downham bowled Cromer out for 154 in the 30th over to take maximum points and move out of the bottom two for the first time this season.

Downham aim to take their new found confidence into a derby at North Runcton next weekend.