Bradfield win their first match back in Alliance Division One


After two seasons away from Division One of the Norfolk Alliance, Bradfield won their first match back by seven wickets.

Bradfield won the toss on Saturday and asked visitors Diss to bat first.

On a wicket that did a little the visitors were soon in trouble against the accurate bowling of Jeremy Wright. In his 10 over spell he took five wickets for 22 runs to have the visitors in deep trouble.

He was backed up by Michael Seago (2-45), Timothy Wiseman (2-20) and Alex Johnson (1-17).

Lewis Taylor, having opened the innings, was ninth out for 34 and the visitors were all out for 110 in 34 overs.

When Bradfield batted, Olly Kimber was bowled by Dan Taylor in the first over. Thereafter Chris Scannell and Alex Johnson put on 60 before when the latter was caught for 23.

Edward Botwright, making a welcome return to the club, and Scannell added a further 47 before Botwright was caught for 21. Wright then joined his captain for the last fours runs required to win the game in the 19th over. Scannell finished on 34 not out.

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Bradfield's first appearance for 10 years in the Carter Cup was less auspicious. Without three front line bowlers they wisely chose to bat first. Scannell lost his wicket in the first over but Olly Kimber and Alex Johnson took the score to 35 before Johnson holed out.

The next ball saw Kimber do the same and only Botwright adapted his game to the format and with support from Alex Kimber (8) and Tom Wiley managed to nudge Bradfield's score to 130 when he was lbw to Will Dunger who did most of the damage, taking six wickets. Wylie was run out for 21 while James Vann was not out 10.

A total of 143 was tough to defend but Timothy Wiseman, Wylie, Johnson and Scannell, bowling spin, each took a wicket to reduce Fakenham to 78-4. Lloyd Marshall (24) and Tom Yarham (39) then eased the home side past Bradfield's total in the 32nd over.

Bradfield travel to Lowestoft for their second Alliance game on Saturday.

An excellent spell from James Moy helped Sheringham to a five wicket win at Mundford in Division Four. He took 4-13 as the hosts were restricted to 137-9 in their 45 overs. In reply David King made an unbeaten 66 and saw the visitors home in the company of Chris Moy (25 not out). It's Hethersett and Tas Valley A at home on Saturday.