Bradfield claim an impressive win as Botwright and Kimber shine

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Division One match between Bradfield and Vauxhall Mallards A

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Division One match between Bradfield and Vauxhall Mallards A. Picture: Alan Tinkler - Credit: Archant

Bradfield recorded an impressive six wicket victory over Vauxhall Mallards A in the Division One of the Norfolk Alliance on Saturday.

There is everything to fight for in the middle of the table and both teams were looking for a winning streak to get them into a good position leading into the last handful of games.

Hosts Bradfield won the toss and elected to bowl first hoping to put the visitors under some pressure to set a score.

The hosts couldn't have made a better start when Cameron Down dismissed former Derbyshire and Norfolk player Steve Goldsmith in the second over without troubling the scorers.

However, this brought Troy Allen to the crease to join Carl Amos - another former Norfolk man - and the two sought to build a solid platform.

They scored steadily and consolidated their side's position, putting together a partnership of 178 before Thomas Coe dismissed Allen on 93.

Amos (77) held on for a bit longer until Coe struck again, bagging the opener for his second of the game.

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The visitors finished on 219 for 4 in their 50 overs while Bradfield's Coe bagged three wickets for just 32 runs.

In reply Bradfield got off to a terrible start, losing openers Zane Kennedy and Alex Johnson to Sam Tinkler as they slipped to 10 for 2.

It was down to the experience of Ed Botwright and Oliver Kimber to build a platform for the hosts. They did just that, building a great partnership of 132 before Botwright was dismissed by Goldsmith for a well played 72.

Bradfield still had a lot of work to do and Kimber was the anchor. Bradfield only lost one more wicket (Alex Robinson for 16) before Kimber (68 not out) and an aggressive Peter Murphy (23 not out) guided the home team to a well deserved victory in the 42nd over.

With only a handful of games left in this season Norfolk Alliance Division One is heating up with the pack chasing after a promotion place behind Diss.

Bradfield, who were promoted from Division Two last season, are currently a highly respectable fifth in the table on 183 points with seven wins and five defeats to their name.

They have an opportunity to improve their position still further on Saturday when they travel to face bottom-of-the-table Mattishall (1pm start).