Bradfield’s run chase falls short despite fine stand

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division match between Fakenham (batting) and Garbol

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division match between Fakenham (batting) and Garboldisham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Bradfield went into their home game against Swardeston A without their captain Chris Scannell, who had fractured his hand fielding against Cromer in the NACO Cup.

Alex Johnson, leading the side for the first time, won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first on a good looking track.

Swardeston's openers Flynn Drinkell and Dan Martin put on 52 in 16 overs despite some excellent fast bowling from Michael Seago. Their partnership ended when Drinkell was well caught by Peter Murphy off Johnson's bowling for 26.

Martin followed 10 overs later to give Cameron Down his first of four wickets when he was caught by Johnson.

The visitors' next wicket fell 13 overs later after Alfie Cooper and George Walker (18) put on 73, when the latter was caught by Oliver Kimber off Down, who quickly claimed two more wickets.

Cooper was finally run out for a fine 143 and one run later the innings closed with a run out as the visitors closed on 278-8.

The total was a reachable one but the Bradfield innings did not begin well as openers Kimber and Johnson were back in the clubhouse with the score on 37. Ed Botwright's solid 34 settled the home side before Bradfield's best partnership between Jeremy Wright and Alex Kimber.

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Kimber (seven fours and three sixes) and Wright took the score to 171 when the former was trapped lbw off the bowling of Walker. Wright's innings ended when he gave a soft return catch to the same bowler, having made 55 which included seven fours.

The tail wagged a little, led by Tom Wylie (22), to nudge the score to 219 when the innings closed after 43 overs.

Bradfield were left to rue their dropped catches and gifting the opposition 32 extras.

There was however some better news for the club as the A side had a good win against Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers A. Bradfield's bowlers hustled out the home side for 133 in 44.4 overs with Thomas Coe (3-32) and Stephan Abbs (3-19) the main destroyers, backed up by Colin Smith (2-17), Michael Reynolds (2-18) and Jordon Emerson (1-7). Peter Abbs (79 not out), James Vann (30) and Simon Wells (23 not out) got the runs as Bradfield passed their target in just 22 overs.

Bradfield visit Thetford on Saturday while the seconds are at home to Dereham A.