Sheringham inflict a first home defeat in four years on leaders Bircham

Dan Lake made an important 45 for Dereham at Swardeston on Saturday. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Dan Lake made an important 45 for Dereham at Swardeston on Saturday. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Sheringham travelled to league leaders Bircham looking to bounce back from defeat the previous week and returned home with a superb win.

After losing the toss in scorching conditions Sheringham were asked to field first in this Norfolk Alliance Division Four fixture and the hosts reached 50-0 inside nine overs, despite some testing bowling from Chris Moy and Shane Cox.

Cox (1-44) did get his reward but Bircham were looking well placed at drinks at 85-1 from 15 overs.

The turning point came immediately after the resumption as James Platt (1-27) had the dangerous Will Pillinger (50) caught by Tom Sheridan.

Steve Hudson then struck in his first over and with Jodi Norris bowling at the other end Sheringham found some control. Hudson's second wicket, quickly followed by a wicket for James Moy in his first over as a result of two good slip catches, reduced Bircham to 133-5 after 30 overs.

It wasn't long before Hudson got further reward for a fine spell as he picked up two more wickets, one thanks to a fine catch by Chris Moy as he ended with figures of 4-27 from nine overs.

There was some further resistance from the hosts before the last three wickets came quickly. James Moy (3-19) took two more as Bircham had little answer to his control while Sheridan (1-8) also got in on the act. This completed a fine recovery from Sheringham, with Bircham bowled out for 165 inside 43 overs.

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Sheringham knew a positive start was key and reached 40-1 from seven overs. Hudson (7) clipped to square leg but Will Moy attacked anything loose. Sheridan (8) and James Moy (14) both looked in good touch early on but both fell as the visitors moved on to 62-3 from 15 overs.

Will Moy eventually went for an impressive 40 and when when Wes Neave (8) and Simon Taylor (6) departed things were looking bleak. This brought Chris Moy and Cox to the crease and they brought some calm to proceedings.

The 100 came up in the 29th over before three game changing overs brought 35 runs.

Moy (24) was eventually bowled with 19 still needed to leave a nervy finish but the Lobsters weren't to be denied as Cox fittingly hit the winning runs over long on to end 42 not out, with Norris providing the support.

The visitors ended up winning by three wickets with four overs to spare to end Bircham's four year unbeaten run at home.

Sheringham, who now sit fourth in the table, entertain new leaders Garboldisham A this Saturday in another big game.