Will just misses century as Stow off to a winning start

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Dipple and Conway Norfolk Alliance

Division One

Stand-in captain Landymore won the toss and elected to field as Stow got their 2016 league campaign off to a winning start away to Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers.

Opening bowlers Ward (2-24) and Richmond bowled well in the opening overs, beating the edge of the bat on numerous occasions.

Ward got the breakthrough, bowling Everett with the score on 20. Ward struck again seven runs later removing Carvan LBW leaving Stow on top with the score 27-2. This brought Hendro Puchert to the crease who began his innings with a flurry of well struck boundaries.

The introduction of Davey (4-51) to the bowling attack kept the pressure on A and B with Davey taking two wickets in his opening spell to reduce A & B to 65-4.

Tight bowling from Moulton (1-37) and clever captaincy minimised the threat of the dangerous looking Puchert whilst Barter (3-32), returning to the first team, bowled superbly to take regular wickets and keep the pressure on.

Some attacking batting towards the end of the innings progressed A & B’s score past 170 but Davey took two further wickets including a fantastic catch by Barter to bowl out A and B off the last ball of the innings, securing maximum bowling points and setting Stow 175 to win.

Stow got off to a bad start with Puchert removing High LBW for 4. This brought the in-form Will Denny to the crease who along with Bowman steadily made progress.

A short break for rain occurred but when play began Denny and Bowman capitalised on some indifferent bowling to progress the score at a rapid rate, bringing up a 50 partnership in quick time.

Bowman then picked out the midwicket fielder with his score on 25, breaking the 80-run partnership and leaving Stow 85-2.

This brought Landymore to the crease who played a measured innings in support of Denny who continued to play aggressive shots, taking Stow to a dominant position in the game.

Denny fell five short of a deserved century when he was caught in the covers.

A few lusty blows from Landymore took Stow close to the victory target but when he was removed for 21 it was left to debutant Jamie White and Tom Davey to see Stow home with Davey doing this with a well-struck six.

A winning start for Stow who left Barton Turf with 23 points.