Sheringham beat promotion rivals Bircham - but it is unlikely to be enough

James Hale in action for Great Witchingham against Burwell in the EAPL. Picture: Tim Ferley

James Hale in action for Great Witchingham against Burwell in the EAPL. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Archant

Sheringham's final home game of the season ended in victory against second place Bircham although it looks like it won't be enough to secure promotion.

The visitors opted to bat first and Chris Moy removed the dangerous Will Pillinger in the fifth over.

Moy struck again thanks to a fine David King catch before Bircham moved steadily to 85-2 after 25 overs. It was fellow spinner King that finally found the breakthrough before striking again quickly to reduce Bircham to 89-4.

Moy (4-17) then returned to quickly take his tally for the day to four with two wickets in as many overs.

Brother James Moy (1-17) also bagged a deserved wicket to leave Bircham reeling on 109-7. Given their position in the table the visitors now seemed content to not be bowled out as Sheringham could only find two of the final three wickets in the last eight overs as the visitors ended their 45 overs on 137-9.

In response Will Moy was bowled off the first ball of the innings. The visitors then quickly removed Tom Sheridan (7) and Simon Taylor (0) to leave Sheringham in big trouble on 19-3 from 10 overs.

King and James Moy steadied the ship but when King (23) was trapped leg before the hosts were 38-4 after 17. For Bircham Shaun Fisher was by now in the middle of a spell that would see his nine overs go for just two runs as he bowled with unerring accuracy.

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Moy looked to counter-attack but having looked in good form he fell for 27. By now skipper Matt Hudson had been joined at the crease by Harry Bailey and the pair carefully saw off the threat of Fisher before looking to impose themselves. The hosts quickly gained some momentum before Bailey was bowled for a classy 25 after a valuable 54 had been added. Sheringham needed 25 from nine overs and although Wes Neave came and went Hudson calmly knocked off most of the runs himself to end 46 not tut as Sheringham completed a three wicket victory with thre overs to spare.

Sheringham travel to leaders Garboldisham A, who they can't catch, for their final Norfolk Alliance Division Three game on Saturday. With Bircham ending their season at home to already relegated Mundford only a shock defeat in this fixture, coupled with a Sheringham win, would be enough for the Lobsters to secure promotion.