Stow Cricket Club vice-captain pays tribute to players after clinching runners-up berth in Norfolk Alliance Premier Division
Stow Cricket Club vice-captain Pete Brassett paid tribute to his players after seeing them clinch the runners-up berth in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.
It was so close, but yet so far, for second-placed Stow who helped near-neighbours North Runcton to the title after stopping Fakenham from retaining their crown by virtue of Saturday's three-wicket success at The Lawn.
Brassett said: "All in all it has been a fantastic season from a young side that have grown and improved with every week of the campaign. Every player has played a part in winning games this season.
"The side have come so far and to finish runners-up in only their second season back at this level is a fantastic achievement."
Fakenham won the toss and elected to bat to try to make first use of what looked a good track.
The home openers got off to a good start and looked to be positive between the wickets before some excellent pressure brought a rash shot from Monahan-Fairlie, off the bowling of Dan Ward (3-27) caught at mid-on by Finley Wilcox for 12.
Brassett (2-18) was soon into his work and had Ben Harvey caught at short-fine-leg.
Ward then bowled Buckingham and had Caswell caught by Denny to leave Fakenham 43-4 after being 36-0 a few minutes earlier.
Fakenham found themselves in even more trouble when Brassett spun one through Ewart’s gate and Otto Esse (2-24) had Campbell caught-and-bowled to leave Fakenham 65-6.
The hopes of Fakenham rested on Dunger and Marshall who batted with great care, attention and very sensibly to get their side back into the contest.
The partnership reached 73 when Sam Morgan (1-70) had Dunger caught at cover by Freddie Fairy.
This brought in captain Coyle who started with back-to-back boundaries before Marshall was given out caught down the leg-side by George Cook, off the bowling of Esse.
Fakenham continued to try and get Stow away but excellent bowling at the death from Lloyd Richmond (1-44) saw them finish on 186-9.
Stow began their reply with Thomson and Fairy opening up but soon found themselves a wicket down when Fairy was out leg-before-wicket to Caswell.
Ben Wilcox came to the crease and looked to put the pressure on the bowlers along side Thomson.
The partnership was broken when Wilcox was out stumped for 25.
Denny came in and looked to continue his recent form and that he did looking to be positive at every opportunity.
Thomson (49) was caught-behind and Cook followed very quickly after.
The trio of Finley, Wilcox and Denny set about getting Stow over the line and that looked really likely till Denny was caught in the deep with Stow only needing ten to win.
Ward was caught-behind but Morgan and Wilcox got Stow across the line to win by three wickets.