Double Delight for Downham

Double Delight for Downham


It was a weekend to remember for Downham Town who followed up their Alliance Premier Title win on Saturday by beating Brooke in the Final of the NACO Cup at Great Witchingham on Sunday.

Duncan Lanchester the Downham captain won the toss and elected to  bowl on a dry hard pitch; a decision which proved correct as after 17 overs Brooke were 48 for 6 following an impressive opening spell of bowling from Addam Todd and Dan Ward.

At 68 for 7 many spectators were looking at a very early finish, however John Habershon the Brooke skipper and Tom Nudd had other ideas.

In a very diligent and careful 54 run partnership the pair restored some order to the game before Habershon was out for a fighting 38 off 55 balls and 68 minutes.

Nudd continued the rebuilding work before being bowled by Todd for 34 of 63 balls in an hour long innings.

The only other Brooke batsmen who reached double figures were James Leck (26) and Jon Block (11 not –out).

For Downham Dan Ward produced the first “five for” in this year’s competition with 5 for 18 off his 10 overs, two of which were maidens.

Brooke after a faltering start finished up with 145 off 43 overs, a total which in the end was respectable and owed a lot to their fighting spirit which had carried them through to the final.

The Downham innings started horribly wrong with Alex Stewart being dismissed by Nudd off the fourth ball of the innings; was it to be the beginning of a shock result.

Alex Vincent and Ian Harrison however put on 51 for the second wicket to swing the game back into Downham’ favour, before Vincent was out for 21.

With Harrison at the crease Downham looked quite comfortable, however they did lose three further wickets before reaching their target of 146.

Harrison was finally run out by Benn Stone for 60 with the score at 140 leaving Corbett (26 not–out) and Gould (2 not-out) to score the last six runs needed for victory.  

For Brooke Jonathan Wills took 2 for 29 off eight overs.

Downham therefore completed a more than satisfactory weekend with a five wicket win and a league and cup double.

Ward’s 5 for 18 deservedly won him the man of the match award: ironically for a bowler a brand new cricket bat presented by the NACO Chairman, John Tythcott.

Downham join Anglians as the two winners of the 2014 NACO Cup and Shield competitions which from the organiser’s point of view has been very competitive and enjoyable with all competing club’s being a credit to themselves and Norfolk cricket in general.





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