Ashmanhaugh trip brings victory

ASHMANHAUGH made the journey to Fakenham and just as the team arrived at the ground they were greeted by a heavy downpour. Fortunately due to the excellent covers and good drainage at the ground, play was possible later in the afternoon and the captains agreed upon a 30-over reduced match.

ASHMANHAUGH made the journey to Fakenham and just as the team arrived at the ground they were greeted by a heavy downpour.

Fortunately due to the excellent covers and good drainage at the ground, play was possible later in the afternoon and the captains agreed upon a 30-over reduced match.

Ashmanhaugh captain Bernie Everett won the toss and elected to field.

Ashmanhaugh made a great start with Tauseef Satti dismissing Fakenham opener Whitwood in his first over.


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Two more wickets quickly followed but new batsman S Piper played some attacking shots and together with C Crane threatened to put a big total on the board for Fakenham.

However, Piper was caught in the deep off the bowling of Tosh Keswala for 37 and Crane soon followed caught at the wicket off Satti's bowling for 28. As the innings drew to a close Mike Harman took two wickets and M Burton hit some lusty blows before being run out off the last ball of the innings for 24. At the close Fakenham had scored 120 for eight in their 30 overs.

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In reply, Ashmanhaugh openers Everett and Satti made a good start and kept up with the required run rate. Although Satti was caught off the bowling of M Burton for 13 Ashmanhaugh were being helped by several extras being conceded by Fakenham.

Fakenham turned to the slow bowling of Preston and Piper and for a time Ashmanhaugh struggled to score and lost the wickets of R Gant and D Riley to good catches by Piper off his own bowling. However, Everett, playing a very controlled and responsible innings, could not be dislodged and with five balls to spare he hit the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 62.

This was a very good result for Ashmanhaugh, especially as they only fielded 10 men. MoM: Bernie Everett, 62 not out.

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