Fakenham back on Alliance road

Fakenham re-start their Norfolk Alliance Premier Division schedule on Saturday after a weekend without a game because of the uneven number of teams in the section.

They visit Stow, who have lost both their opening matches, Fakenham are sitting sixth on 23 points from their opening win, the teams above them all having played twice. Diss are setting the pace with 42 points, followed by Sprowston (38), writes John Cushion.

Fakenham’s Alliance Division Two side opened their campaign with a winning draw at Hillington.

Fakenham made 196 for five with Luke Findlay, who missed most of last season through an injury, making 73 in an opening stand of 59 with Brian Whitwood.

James Moy, who has been recruited from Sheringham, went in during the 39th over of 46 and gave the innings impetus with an unbeaten 36.

Hillington were 13 for five after 11 overs following the opening spell by Will Dunger, who eventually returned 12-7-19-3, and Ian Slegg (9-3-16-4). Moy impressed with 8-3-19-0.

Hillington finished on 129 for nine, Fakenham having four overs at the last pair, who played them out well.

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On Saturday, Fakenham A are at home to Garboldisham, 1pm start.

In the West Norfolk League, Fakenham’s Division Two side made 171 against Narborough (193 for eight), and the Division Four team made 123 for five to Necton’s 72 for three.

On Sunday, Fakenham beat Mundford after making 286 for seven then bowling out their opponents for 56.

South African Rudi Hillerman made 74, Ryan Simmons 40, Stephen Gray 50 and Will Dunger 55 not out. Rob Savory claimed four Mundford wickets for 19 runs.

Fakenham’s Sunday second team made it two wins out of two with an impressive five-wicket win at home to Mundford B.

Mundford posted a respectable 178 for seven off theire 40 overs with Luke Cornwall being the pick of the Fakenham bowlers with three wickets. There were also wickets for Jonny Sadler, Billy Yarham and Bruce Bushell.

The Fakenham innings got off to a poor start with three wickets going down in the 20s, but a fourth-wicket stand between Bruce Bushell an Ralph Burton started to get Fakenham back in the match.

With senior player Bushell holding the innings together, Fakenham’s young players Billy Yarham and Tom Hill both played excellent knocks which saw Fakenham pass the Munford total with seven deliveries to spare as Hill flicked a ball off his legs over the square-leg boundary for six to win the match.

Bruce Bushell finshed on 73 not out in an impressive performance by this young Fakenham side.