Bradfield edge home to get campaign back on track
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Bradfield travelled to Thetford hoping to avoid three successive defeats in Division One of the Cecil Amey Norfolk Alliance and after a thrilling game which could have gone either way they emerged winners by two wickets.
Thetford won the toss and decided to bat first and in his second over Cameron Down had home captain Liam Conroy caught behind by Oliver Kimber.
This initial success was followed by Thetford's most productive partnership between Usmaan Iqbal and Ryan Conway which added 45 before Conway was given out lbw for 19 off the bowling of Michael Seago.
A promising partnership between Iqbal and Mohammed Javiad was ended when Zane Kennedy bowled the former for 21. Five runs later Peter Abbs held a high catch one-handed to dismiss Javaid for 32 off the bowling of Tim Wiseman. The next wicket quickly fell as Alex Johnson trapped Tristan Caley leg before for 21 and Wiseman claimed his second wicket when Peter Murphy held on to a catch to dismiss Craig Baulch.
This left Greg Mann (35 not out) to skilfully steer the home side to 183 all out in the 48th over, with Wiseman returning the excellent figures of 4-12 in six overs.
Bradfield's reply began poorly. After seven overs they had lost Kimber adjudged lbw, Johnson bowled and Ed Botwright bowled with only 10 runs on the board.
This was in part remedied by some sound batting by Abbs and Jeremy Wright. The pair put on 51 before Abbs was bowled by Liam Conroy for 16. Twenty runs later Bradfield's hopes of a win took another knock when Wright was given out leg before having made 49. Things got even bleaker when Murphy was run out for 31 having hit a huge six into the middle of the adjoining football ground. Hopes of a win seemed to be slipping away as Kennedy was bowled for 18 but that brought together Down and Seago for a fine 46 run eighth wicket stand to take Bradfield's score past 183 in the 48th over. Down finished on 14 not out and Seago 32 not out which included four sixes.
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There was a good win for the second team at home to Dereham A. Bradfield made 197-8 in their 45 overs, the main contributors being David Register (40), skipper Steve Bidewell, (69 not out), Harry Smith (13) and Jordan Emmerson (28 not out). They then dismissed Dereham for 157 in 38 overs, with Stephen Abbs (5-23) and Simon Wells (4-34) the main destroyers.
To complete a good weekend for the club the Sunday side beat Happisburgh by two wickets in the Mid Norfolk Sunday league. Happisburgh scored 173 all out (L Lamford 28, R Sturgess 38, D Corvill 22) and Bradfield passed the total in 35 overs (P Abbs 21, O Kimber 20, S Wells 35, S Parsons 39 not out). For Happisburgh B Warnes, D Currie and S Trivett each took two wickets.