Fakenham and Dereham both suffer defeats on the road
PUBLISHED: 18:39 04 June 2019 | UPDATED: 18:39 04 June 2019
Fakenham suffered their second successive defeat in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division on Saturday - after previously winning 14 games on the trot.
The defending champions did well to bowl out hosts Garboldisham for just 108, but were then skittled out for 75 themselves to lose by 33 runs.
The hosts decided to bat first after winning the toss and were soon in trouble.
Matt Allin (25) and Danny Cash (23) made the only significant contributions as the Fakenham bowlers took control, with Toby Hood taking centre stage.
He returned the outstanding figures of 10-1-17-5, with Will Buckingham (2-5) and Lloyd Marshall (2-45) also getting in on the act.
It was a similar story of bat dominating ball after the break, with Fakenham firmly on the back foot after losing their opening three batsmen for a total of just two runs.
Luke Caswell provided some resistance by making a watchful 12 in 45 balls, while skipper David Coyle hit four fours in a top score of 20 towards the end, but it was not enough to prevent Fakenham from being dismissed for 75 in the 33rd over.
Meanwhile Fakenham A went marching on at the top of Division Four with a 110 win over visitors Rocklands.
Oscar Campbell starred with an innings of 86 while Shaun Fisher added an unbeaten 33 to help the seconds up to 232-9.
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Rocklands were dismissed for 122 in reply as Mark Pepper (5-14) and Tom White (3-26) turned on the style.
The firsts will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they play host to a Norwich side who have struggled for results since their relegation from the East Anglian Premier League. The seconds visit Stow A.
Dereham dropped to the foot of the Premier Division table after suffering a seven wicket defeat at Cromer.
Home skipper Frankie Sutton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first and it proved to be a sound decision as they were restricted to 226-8 in their 50 overs.
Captain Duncan Hewitt made an excellent 102 but the next highest score was Jonny Bidwell's 32 as a solid bowling effort kept them in check, with Michael Warnes taking 3-29.
There were few alarms in reply as Sutton and Matthew Warnes took the game away from Dereham with an opening partnership of 175.
Sutton smashed exactly 100 in just 62 balls, with 11 fours and six sixes, before being bowled by Hewitt, while Warnes was still there at the end on 76 not out, with first Nat Laws (21) and then David Turner (13 not out) helping him over the line.
Dereham A hosted Bradenham A in a derby match in Division Six and won a hard-fought encounter by 21 runs.
Dereham made 216-8 in their 45 overs with Neil Irons making 95, Deepesh Thapa 50 and Sam Westgate taking 4-38. In reply the visitors finished on 195-6, John Read ending up unbeaten on 54.
Dereham play host to Brooke on Saturday in their latest Premier Division match while the seconds travel to Topcroft A.