Some useful performances - but Bradfield suffer another disappointing defeat

Bradfield celebrate claiming a Norwich A wicket during Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Division One matc

Bradfield celebrate claiming a Norwich A wicket during Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Division One match at Postwick. See report inside. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Bradfield travelled to Postwick to take on Norwich A on Saturday as the Norfolk Alliance Division One campaign entered the half way stage.

Bradfield were looking to regain some confidence after a disappointing performance against Stow the previous weekend but ended up suffering another defeat, going down by 51 runs.

The visitors won the toss and decided to put the pressure on by asking Norwich to bat first. Bradfield were without frontline bowler Michael Seago, who was resting a side strain, so the his colleagues knew they would need to step up.

Opening bowlers Cameron Down and Jeremy Wright were consistent and tight, forcing the Norwich openers Freddie Kemp and Mark Tipping to set the pace until Wright got the breakthrough with Kemp falling leg before.

Tipping continued to attack, scoring a solid half century, before clipping one off his legs in the air to midwicket off the bowling of Zane Kennedy.

Norwich were held to a final total of 239 for 6 after 50 overs with Chris Borrett scoring 42 before being bowled by Alex Johnson. A solid finish from Steven Clarke with 42 not out saw the home side to a defendable total.

Kennedy was the pick of the Bradfield bowlers, finishing on 3 for 43 runs off his 10 overs.

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Bradfield batsmen had a point to prove after being skittled for a mere 116 the weekend before against Stow.

However, Norwich captain Borrett had other ideas, opening the bowling and picking up both Bradfield openers, Peter Abbs and Alex Johnson, for ducks.

The Bradfield batsman had a large task to try and build a platform to win the game and hope lay with the middle order. A solid partnership from Oliver Kimber (50) and Tom Wylie (44) looked to have got Bradfield within touching distance but it just wasn't enough as the Norwich bowling attack finished the job off in the 44th over and Bradfield were all out for 188.

Norwich's Paul Wiseman picked up three wickets and James Bradford, George Hudson and Borrett all picked up two.

It was a much-needed win for Norwich seconds as they sit third from bottom while Bradfield will regroup and set off to face Diss, who currently sit at the top of the league, in a push to get their campaign back on track.