Downham made it two wins in two with an emphatic maximum points win at local rivals North Runcton.
After a week of torrential rain, both captains knew the toss would be vital on a wet pitch and it was Downham’s Pat Yates who called right and chose to bowl.
Downham started well, with Sam Sharp taking the wicket of the Runcton captain Mark Skipper (4) in the first over of the day, caught brilliantly by J. Porter.
Sharp pulled up injured in his next over and it was left to the duo of Ian Harrison (4 for 27) and Joss Stuart (2 for 24) to build the pressure and work their way through the Runcton batting order one by one, both bowling extremely patient and accurate spells.
It was left to Chris Sharp to come on and clean up the tail, taking 3 for 7 off 2.4 overs, to leave Runcton all out for just 78.
Downham knew that if they could knock off the runs required without losing more than one wicket they would take maximum points and that’s just what they did.
Opening the batting, Tom Tansley and Ian Harrison had around 15 overs before tea would be taken and without any real trouble they reached 83 for 0 in just 15.4 overs.
Tansley took the lead, reaching his maiden 1st XI 50, to win the game with a six over long on. Harrison’s (23) consistency with bat and ball has been pivotal in turning around Downham’s poor start.
CGM Group MoM: Tom Tansley.
Carter Cup Quarter-Final
Downham visited Sprowston on Sunday looking to reach their first Carter Cup Semi-Final since 2010.
Batting first, Downham lost wickets at regular intervals and it was left to the captain, Yates, to steer the innings to a total of 238 all out. Yates made a well-played 133, and a partnership of 46 with number 11, Dom Corbett (0 not out) frustrated the Sprowston attack until the 53rd over.
Downham started brightly with the ball and Addam Todd 3 for 57 made early breakthroughs leaving Sprowston reeling at 70 for 5.
A couple of wickets for C. Sharp quickly turned into 109 for 7, however the danger man, Australian import Egan, was still going strong at the other end.
It was quickly turning into one of the best innings you will see in Norfolk this season and although Downham toiled away for the key wicket, Egan barely gave a chance and took the game away, hitting five sixes in an innings of 131 not out.
Sprowston reached the target with Egan hitting two sixes in a row with two overs to spare, to reach the semi-finals, where they will meet one of three EAPL teams left in the competition.
CGM Group MoM: Pat Yates.