Bradfield suffer 222 run defeat as visitors Stow turn on the style

Dereham skipper Duncan Hewitt take evasive action during his side's home match against Lowestoft in

Dereham skipper Duncan Hewitt take evasive action during his side's home match against Lowestoft in Norfolk Alliance Division One. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Bradfield were on the wrong end of a heavy home defeat in Division One of the Norfolk Alliance on Saturday after seeing opponents Stow pile up a huge total.

After winning a close encounter with Thetford the previous week Bradfield were in confident mood for the game - but it proved to be a tough afternoon with both ball and bat.

Stow won the toss and elected to bat first on a very good looking wicket. Their opening pair got off to a brisk start and by the ninth over, when George Cook was caught by Alex Kimber off the bowling of Michael Seago, they had put on 41 runs.

Seago's success was followed by a 131 run partnership between Will Denny and Keith Thomson which was ended when Denny was stumped off a wide for 62 to give Alex Johnson his only wicket.

Tom Wylie than bowled Ed Landyman for 14 but by now Thomson had his eye well in and with Chris Marchant (33) he took the score up to 338-3 in 50 overs. Thomson ended unbeaten on 173 after batting throughout Stow's innings.

Tea provided Bradfield with a welcome break from the heat before the batsmen had to get down to their reply on what was still a good batting wicket to get close to their opponents' score.

But it was not to be as only Johnson (18), Ef Botwright (21), Jeremy Wright (26) and Peter Murphy (15) managed to get into double figures. Pete Brassett (4 for 14) and Dsn Ward (3 for 21 had the best bowling figures for Stow as Bradfield were bowled out for 116 in 28 overs to lose by 222 runs.

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Bradfield will be aiming to bounce back from what was a bad day at the office when they travel to Norwich A (1pm) on Saturday. The team will have to do without the influential presence of Chris Scannell, whose broken hand will keep him out of action for the rest of the season.

Bradfield A travelled to Denver to meet the Division Six leaders. Bradfield batting first and made 209 for 5 in 45 overs, the highest score made against the hosts this season. Peter Abbs led the way with 83 while the other contributors were D Register (9), S Wells (17), E Bethany (21), J Vann (33), M Reynolds (33) and S Bidewell 10.

Denver passed Bradfield's total in the 35th over with the loss of five wickets. T Coe (2), J Wiseman (1) and M Reynolds (2) took the wickets. Bradfield A are without a game this Saturday.