Fakenham turned in promising display with ball before heavens open

Cooke’s of Fakenham man of the match Tom Yarham takes another catch behind the stumps off Steve Earl

Cooke’s of Fakenham man of the match Tom Yarham takes another catch behind the stumps off Steve Earl. Picture: Mike Wyatt - Credit: Archant

Fakenham made the trip down to Old Buckenham on Saturday and had a settle for 10 points after the game was abandoned.

An inspection showed damp areas at both ends of the pitch where rain had got under the covers so this was a toss that needed winning.

Fakenham captain Keegan Monahan Fairlie duly called right and asked the Bucks to bat first.

With probably the strongest side Fakenham have put out this season the decision was soon rewarded when two wickets fell in the fourth over.

Opener Perry was caught behind by Tom Yarham off Tatenda Chirazda who also trapped Thurley lbw a couple of deliveries later to leave the hosts on 4-2.

Good hostile bowling from Lloyd Marshall at the other end kept the score down but no more breakthroughs came until changes achieved the desired result, Steve Earl dismissing Lawrence with the middle stump out of the ground for 28 and following it up by getting rid of opener Bint, caught by Yarham again for 21.

Earl struck again six overs later, Heaney giving yet another catch to Yarham to leave Old Buckenham on 70-5. The Fakenham fielding had been excellent, Bammant, Marshall and Blackistone in particular impressing.

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Earl struck for the final time nine runs later, with an excellent one handed diving catch by Bammant seeing off Meridith. Yin Lo was brought into the attack at this point and although wickets kept falling the run rate steadily crept up before Lo claimed four wickets as Old Buckenham were all out for 149 in the 50th over.

This was a game that was definitely there for the taking for Fakenham but before a ball was bowled after the tea interval there was thunder, lightning and then the heavens opened and everyone knew deep down that any chance of resumption was remote. When the rain did stop the umpires inspected the pitch and it was obvious that there was no chance of any more play, so much rain had fallen in such a short time.

The Cooke’s of Fakenham man of the match went to Yarham for his performance behind the stumps with five catches and a stumping.

Fakenham are at home to Acle to Saturday (1pm), a game they really need to win to stand a chance of remaining in the Premier Division.