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Fakenham ready for champions

PUBLISHED: 11:32 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 07 July 2010

Fakenham, looking for their first Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League win of the season, entertain defending champions and early pace-setters Swardeston at Highfield Lawn on Saturday (11am start.

Fakenham, looking for their first Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League win of the season, entertain defending champions and early pace-setters Swardeston at Highfield Lawn on Saturday (11am start.)

While Fakenham followed their opening match home draw with Clacton with a defeat at Godmanchester at the weekend, Swardeston have won their two opening games, recovering from 69-5 to beat Norwich by 145 runs on Saturday, writes John Cushion.

In both Carter Cup and Biss Trophy competitions, Fakenham have been drawn away to Alliance Premier outfit North Runcton.

At second-place Godmanchester, mid-table Fakenham saw hopes of more than six points disappear with a middle order batting slump.

Godmanchester were 220 all out in 61.5 overs (Ben Smart 4-64, Mike Smith 3-48) and Fakenham had reached 87-3 with Australian Keegan De Ridder and Stephen Gray (45) at the crease, but De Ridder's dismissal for 30 prompted a collapse to 106-7.

Smart revived the innings with 29, but was last man to go midway through the 56th over as Fakenham were bowled out for 168.

Fakenham's Alliance Division Three side lost at home to Hunstanton off the last ball of the match.

With Stephen Piper hitting 44, Paul Minns 26 and Robert Preston 23, Fakenham posted 161-7 and defended it well with Sri Lankan Tharaka Sampath (Sam) Desiliva - brought in for his batting - making up for a duck with 4-26 with his lively pace bowling. Hunstanton reached 168-8 off the final delivery of the day.

On Saturday, Fakenham visit East Harling.

There was a 127-run win for Fakenham A at Heacham in West Norfolk League Division Three.

David Wells hit 65 and Dean Futter 62 in 197-6 before Heacham were skittled out for 75, John Golden claiming 4-18.

On Saturday the side entertains Gayton (2pm.)

In the NCB West Norfolk League, Fakenham (216-3) lost to Mallards (281-5) and Fakenham A (101) lost at Castle Acre (152-6).

On Sunday the sides are respectively at Sprowston and at home to Fosters.

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