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Good run ended

PUBLISHED: 10:42 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:17 07 July 2010

BRADENHAM'S recent run of good form came to an abrupt halt at Barton Turf on Saturday when they came up against arguably the strongest looking side in Norfolk Alliance Division One.

BRADENHAM'S recent run of good form came to an abrupt halt at Barton Turf on Saturday when they came up against arguably the strongest looking side in Norfolk Alliance Division One.

Put in to bat on a humid afternoon, Bradenham made a steady start against the pace of Elliott but were soon on the back foot as he removed Matthews for one with 20 on the board.

Whyte joined Thurley and the pair batted well for a partnership of 105 to put Bradenham in a strong position going into the last 15 overs of the innings.

However, Whyte fell to a brilliant boundary catch when a six looked the more likely outcome.

Dewing and Denmark both failed to make a significant impact and the game had turned back to Wanderers.

Marcus Evans then joined Thurley and the pair put on a quick 55-run partnership in the last seven overs to give the away side something to bowl at. Evans finishing on 30 not out with the excellent Thurley carrying his bat for 89 not out.

Bradenham needed early wickets and got them, with Stolworthy striking twice in one over to remove the in-form Beeden for eight and then Mackintosh for nought.

However, this brought the South African Bragge to the wicket and he dominated proceedings to the end with a masterful 106 not out.

He was helped along the way by Ponder (23) and at the end Pilch (53 not out) but Bradenham had little answer to the Bragge show.

Bradenham's Sunday team entertained Reepham and Salle in a Mid Norfolk League Derek Cousins Division Two encounter that was to feature two centurions.

Batting first the home side lost a wicket from the first ball of the match.

This brought Mark Hunter to the crease and he dominated the innings with an excellent 104, dispatching the bowling to all parts.

He was ably supported by Peter Hills, who fell just two runs short of his half-century. The pair added 98 for the third wicket.

Bradenham closed their innings on 211 for six. Home skipper Rob Thurley stuck to the principals of giving the young players a chance and opened the bowling with 15-year-old Jordan Cantwell.

He impressed in his opening spell giving up only 17 runs from five overs against the visitors' seasoned openers.

However, past experience has shown that the wicket of the visitors' No 1, Dave Henry, provides the best opportunity of defeating Reepham and Salle. And this proved elusive to the Bradenham attack as he made rapid progress, eventually edging to keeper Will Affleck in the 24th over for an impressive 110.

His opening partner P Minns contributed to an opening partnership of 151 before he was caught by Andy Wilton for a patient 60.

The run rate slowed considerably but the damage was done and Reepham passed the Bradenham total in the 37th over.

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