Hat-trick hero Will strikes yet again for Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Alliance Bradenham
A remarkable second hat-trick for in-form Will Dewing in as many weeks saw Bradenham clinch the points in an extraordinary match on the Green.
Asked to bat first by skipper Al Bates, Norfolk Alliance Division Two visitors Beccles were soon in trouble on Saturday. With the score on 15, Dewing removed opener Matthew Lowe, number three Christopher Robson and next man in Alex Wright in successive balls, repeating the feat he accomplished only a week earlier at Saham Toney. He finished with figures of 3-14 off eight overs as his side eventually edged a thrilling contest by two wickets.
Bates said: 'This was well and truly a rollercoaster of a game. We let them off the hook to allow a score of 159 despite a brilliant effort from Will Dewing — again.
'I thought we'd blown it at the start of our innings but great efforts from senior pro Stan Matthews and my brother Lewis pulled the innings around to win us a fine victory in the end. We're already looking forward to Fakenham A away on Saturday.'
When Martin Fox (2-16 off eight overs) had the other opener Jonathan Puxley caught by Graeme Campbell with the score still at 15 the visitors were staring down the barrel. A sharp catch at slip by Andy Wilton off Fox's bowling soon removed the Beccles number five and with their team now 25-5, they were desperate for some middle-order resistance.
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This came in the form of Stuart Watkins and Marcus Hayes who managed to put on 33 before the former was bowled by Lewis Bates for 25. Hayes and David George put on 67 before Hayes became Lewis Bates' second victim — bowled for an excellent 54. The tail wagged further and some erratic Bradenham bowling helped Beccles' cause before George was caught by Wilton, this time off Al Bates' bowling.
Nicholas Smith added 18 valuable runs at the end as Beccles finished on what had seemed an improbable 159-8.
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Marcus Evans (5), Wilton (0), Dewing (0), Rob Ellis (0) and Campbell (1) soon provided a sorry procession back to the pavilion as Bradenham stumbled to 14-5. Opener Steve (Stan) Matthews was still going strong though and with Lewis Bates they slowly rebuilt their side's innings.
As if the match had not provided enough drama a rain delay slowed their progress. When Matthews went for 47, there were still 46 runs required. Lewis Bates soon went for 65 and it was up to Al Bates and Rory Saunders to try and clinch the win – which the skipper did by smashing a giant six.