Bradfield on course for victory until Conroy takes over

Action between Swardeston (batting) and Great Witchingham. The Swardeston batsman is Joe Gatting. Pi

Action between Swardeston (batting) and Great Witchingham. The Swardeston batsman is Joe Gatting. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Having lost narrowly at Swardeston A the week before, Bradfield were hoping for a good result against Thetford Town in their latest Norfolk Alliance Division One fixture.

But they ended up losing a tight game by one wicket, having looked like certain winners at one stage.

The visitors won the toss and chose to field first.

Bradfield's openers Cameron Down and Zane Kennedy had a slow start, putting on 19 runs in seven overs before Down was caught behind off the bowling of Ray Smead for 13.

The fall of this wicket brought to the crease Edward Botwright, Bradfield's skipper for the day. Just as he was getting into his stride he was unfortunately run out for 13 with the score on 47. and then the wickets began to fall with only Kennedy, who was to score 44, and Peter Murphy (13) getting into double figures until the seventh wicket fell.

This brought Alex Robinson to the crease who after a careful start began to play his best innings this season. First with Kennedy, who had batted for 131 minutes and faced 93 balls, and then with T J Wiseman and Tom Coe he took the score from 79 for 8 to 166 all out. He faced 50 balls and was out for 45 which included five fours and two sixes.

The big question in the clubhouse at tea was: is this score enough?. At one stage it did appear to be as Bradfield's bowlers reduced the visitors to 74 for 8.

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But then Ryan Conway, batting at number four, and Lewis Grayson, batting at number 10, took the visitors' score to 158 before Grayson was leg before to Nick Hewetson, having batted for 76 minutes and faced 44 balls without scoring.

Last man in James Baulch then scored seven to take the visitors over the line. Conway had farmed the bowling brilliantly and with the help of 48 extras edged his side home, finishing on 84 not out having batted for 150 minutes and faced 154 balls.

Having once again been on the losing end of a very close game, Bradfield face a tough match on Saturday when they travel to an in-form Stow side.

In Division Six Bradfield A were involved in a tight game of their own and managed to win it by 10 runs.

They made 197-6 (Peter Abbs 73, Michael Reynolds 51) and then restricted opponents Dereham A to 187-9. The seconds are at home to promoted Denver on Saturday.