Promotion hopes boosted

Sheringham A gave their promotion hopes a boost in West Norfolk League Division Two with a four-wicket win at Thetford A.On a damp wicket Sheringham put Thetford into bat and soon picked up the first wicket courtesy of J Gomer (1-24).

Sheringham A gave their promotion hopes a boost in West Norfolk League Division Two with a four-wicket win at Thetford A.

On a damp wicket Sheringham put Thetford into bat and soon picked up the first wicket courtesy of J Gomer (1-24).

After a brief recovery, D Smith (1-6), who bowled an extremely economic spell, struck before Thetford built another partnership.

This frustrated a youthful Sheringham side, taking the score past 50 before 13-year-old N Lomax (1-13) returned to get the breakthrough.

Chances went down in the field to start with, but opener C Moy returned and cleaned out the Thetford middle and lower order with six wickets in a five-over burst. Moy bowled full and straight, forcing the Thetford batsmen into errors and he got his reward, finishing with figures of 6-22.

Thetford collapsed to 118-9 in their allotted 45 overs.

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In reply, 15-year-old openers D Smith and J Moy got Sheringham off to a steady start, adding 25 in the first 10 overs. However, confusion at the crease saw Smith (9) and Moy (17) both ran out in the space of an over.

Skipper W Neave and S Hudson set about steadying the innings, adding 35 before Neave (16) fell leaving the score 64-3 after 28 overs, with 55 still required off 17.

M Hudson joined S Hudson and a further 25 was added before M Hudson (9) fell with 30 needed. S Hudson took Sheringham close to victory before holing out for a valuable 37, and then Lloyd (0) followed.

It was left to J Neale (11 not out) to hit the winning runs, supported by Gomer (two not out) as Sheringham clinched a four-wicket win.

This result was even more impressive considering the Sheringham side contained just two players over the age of 18. The Hayes & Storr Solicitors MoM was Chris Moy.

They will be looking to keep the promotion push going when they entertain Terrington on Saturday (2pm).

Sheringham remain in second place in Alliance Division Two, but lost ground on leaders Saham Toney as their game at home to bottom side Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway was called off due to the weather, the only game in the league to be postponed.

Tonight (6pm) Sheringham U15 entertain Diss in the quarter-finals of the Andy Seeley Trophy, after topping their group with an unbeaten record.

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