Bradfield maintain their impressive start to season


- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

It has been an exciting start to the season for Bradfield Cricket Club.

All three of their teams pulled off victories at the weekend, with the firsts making it two straight wins since promotion from Division One of the Norfolk Alliance.

Bradfield, who had impressed in their opening game against Diss, made the long journey to Lowestoft and put the opposition in after winning the toss.

Lowestoft struggled with the swinging ball and were quickly under pressure after two quick-fire wickets from Michael Seago. It was impressive bowling from Alex Johnson, with accurate left arm spin bowling and Zane Kennedy with a swinging ball, that saw off Lowestoft's talented middle order as they were bowled out for a mere 99. Seago picked up four wickets while Johnson and Kennedy had three apiece.

Bradfield's opening pair Chris Scannell and Oliver Kimber looked to play their shots and polish off a dominant performance. The away side chased down their target of 99 in just 18 overs while only losing Scannell for 61 to polish off another top performance.

Bradfield's second had a very different afternoon at home to Hales and Loddon as, on one of the best batting surfaces in Norfolk, the visitors amassed a huge total of 302 for 4 after their 45 overs, Jack Cook top scoring with 134.

Bradfield had a tough target but veteran Peter Abbs took on the task of steering the home team's chase with a fine 101 which was supported by an outstanding opening partnership with his son Stephen (38) and later with Simon Wells (49).

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In a thrilling finish one run was needed off the last ball and James Vann (34 not out) and Colin Smith (30 not out) saw the team home.

Bradfield's Sunday XI took on Beccles in the Mid Norfolk League on a cold and miserable day for cricket but both teams were full of spirit and it was a great game.

Bradfield batted first and made 203 for 8 after their 40 overs with a brilliant unbeaten 70 from Rio Meek. Beccles made an impressive start, with Jamie McDowell and Samuel Puxley taking on the opening bowlers with a strong opening stand before Jordan Emerson got McDowell for 36.

Beccles looked to be in control as they raced toward their target but they were suppressed by impressive spin bowling from Kennedy who picked up 5 for 40 and Beccles were cut short, being bowled out for 160.

Bradfield firsts travel to Vauxhall Mallards A on Saturday while the seconds hosts Topcroft A.