Fine opening partnership paves the way for an emphatic Sheringham victory

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

Sheringham maintained their encouraging start to the season in Norfolk Alliance Division Four when they travelled to Stow A and won by 59 runs.

The Lobsters were asked to bat first and made a watchful start.

Sheringham openers M. Hudson and D. King soon upped the scoring rate however and the century partnership was brought up in the 23rd over.

Both openers brought up their half centuries soon after drinks before Hudson was trapped leg before for 55 to end an opening stand of 133. By now King was going through the gears and together with S. Taylor kept the momentum going. Stow fought back though, removing Taylor (18) and King for a fine 79 in successive overs.

Some accurate bowling helped to restrict the Lobsters, leaving them 181-3 with eight overs left. T. Sheridan soon took the momentum back the visitors way on his first appearance since returning to the club, making 36 in just six overs as he joined J. Moy at the crease. Moy himself scored freely to end 25 not out with 69 runs coming off those final overs. This strong finish meant Sheringham reached an impressive 250-5.

The visitors made a sloppy start, allowing Stow to reach 38-0 off nine. S. Cox (1-28) and J. Platt got into their strides however and once Cox had Blowers (16) caught by Hudson at slip the scoring rate soon slowed. The pressure told on the hosts and Platt (2-32) struck twice in quick succession to leave Stow 62-3 off 18 overs.

Spin was brought into the attack at both ends and with King and J. Moy bowling in tandem scoring was difficult. Open Fairey (46) was trying to up the rate and this lead to his downfall as he offered King a return catch, the score being 108-4 after 27 overs.

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Davey looked like the home side's last hope as he reached a stylish 24 in quick time, but he was run out by Hudson. J. Moy (1-24) picked up a deserved wicket in the same over and from there on there was only one winner. Wickets for W. Moy (1-11) and N. Lomax (1-18) quickly followed to leave Stow 150-8 from 38 overs. Manning (26 not out) offered resistance although King (2-53) did strike in the penultimate over the hosts survived the 45th and final to end their innings on 191-9.

Next up for Sheringham, now third in the table with three wins out of five, is a match against Beccles A at Weybourne Road this Saturday.