Bradenham’s best performance of the season gives them fresh hope

Cricket action between Bungay (batting) and Swardeston B. Swardeston bowler Blake Bowden.Picture: Ni

Cricket action between Bungay (batting) and Swardeston B. Swardeston bowler Blake Bowden.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Bradenham made the short trip to Swaffham hoping to complete back-to-back wins - and duly came away with an impressive victory.

With bad weather again forecast latet in the day the captains agreed on a 35-over-a-side game and Bradenham were asked to bat first.

As has become common place this season an early wicket fell, in the second over this time. But a second wicket partnership developed before Brett Gates was bowled for 21.

Will Dewing joined Marcus Evans at the crease and both kept the scoreboard moving until the latter was adjudged lbw.

New man Graeme Campbell followed next ball in what Bradenham felt were controversial circumstances after the umpires had discussed the possibility of a bump ball.

Dewing continued to score well until he reached 44 and holed out with the visitors 116-5 with eight overs left. The rest of the team then all contributed something as they finished on 148-9. Swaffham's Matthew Brockman-Smith returned the impressive figures of 6-0-14-5.

Tight bowling from the off meant it wasn't long before Bradenham were amongst the wickets. A superb left-handed slip catch by Gates to remove Payne was the highlight as Swaffham slumped to 18-3 in 10 overs.

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The next nine overs took the score along to 47 before a regular clatter of wickets was triggered.

Skipper Al Bates came into the attack and picked up 4-7 in four overs to leave the home side in big trouble on 67-8.

By then the weather was threatening but Bradenham picked up the wickets needed with two overs to spare to win by 66 runs.

This was probably the best all round team performance of the season and more of the same could see an unlikely escape from the relegation zone.

Bradenham are now just 17 points behind third from bottom Downham A in Norfolk Alliance Division Two ahead on Saturday's home match against Great Witchingham A.

Bradenham seconds were well beaten by high-flying Hockwold in Division Five.

They were bowled out for just 81, with only Steve Matthews (24) and Ian Moody (22) making double figures. In reply Hockwold got home in 18.1 overs for the loss of just one wicket. Bradenham A visit Norwich B on Saturday.