Bradenham CC starting to put poor start to season behind them

Cookes of Fakenham man-of-the-match Harry Bammant on his way to an unbeaten 72 for Fakenham at North

Cookes of Fakenham man-of-the-match Harry Bammant on his way to an unbeaten 72 for Fakenham at North Runcton on Saturday. Picture: Mike Wyatt - Credit: Archant

Bradenham made it back-to-back wins in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance with a strong recovery from a terrible start on The Green.

Batting first against Brooke A, the home team were soon in trouble, with three of the top four back in the pavilion with just 16 on the board.

A rebuild was required and William Dewing joined Marcus Evans to see what could be done. They progressed the score to 60 off 18 overs before Evans was dismissed.

Graeme Campbell joined Dewing as the latter punished bad balls with boundaries and made his way to another aggressive 50. Unfortunately he only added another two before being superbly caught by a diving catch on the boundary and qt 90 for five, things were still not looking great.

Skipper Al Bates (41) was next in and with Campbell (28) he pushed the score along quickly to add 64 in the next nine overs. However, both then fell in quick succession having taken the score to 165 for seven. The tail wagged a bit with some helpful extras and Bradenham passed the final batting point to finish on 218 in the 44th over.

This was certainly a lot more to bowl at than seemed possible after the first half hour and the home side started well, with Dewing removing Carver's stumps with his third ball. However, this was to prove a false dawn as other wickets proved hard to come by.

But with win/lose cricket tight bowling is just as important and the superb nine overs bowled by Martin Fox conceded just 19 runs which frustrated the Brooke batsmen. Despite this, at the halfway stage they were 82-1 and had a platform to push on from.

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The ball was then entrusted to 15-year-old Lewis Watts who had been promoted to the A team last week. He bowled five good overs for just 23 runs and picked up a wicket, meaning Brooke needed 99 from the final 14 overs.

A couple more wickets then fell to Dewing and Bates and coming into the 39th over the score stood at 160-5. Veteran spinner Iain Brown was then brought into the attack and in combination with keeper Mike Taylor (two stumpings and a catch) he ripped through the rest of the visitors' batting;' taking five wickets for 14 runs in 23 balls as Brooke were all out for 202.

Beccles are next up at The Green and the Bears are finally starting to look like the side that finished last season so strongly.