FAKENHAM CLINCH VICTORY IN THE CHALLENGE CUP
The exciting middle order of Fakenham powered them to victory over A & B Wanderers in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Challenge Cup Final, held at Sprowston on Bank Holiday Monday.
A & B Wanderers won the toss and elected to bat. Four early wickets fell to Oscar Campbell (3 for 51) before opener Jordan Everett (51) was joined by the hugely talented Nuwan Jayasena (50). Together they shared a stand of 83 before they were both dismissed by John Ewart (2 for 19). After that the innings crumbled and A & B were all out for 152. This was mainly due to captain David Coyle polishing off the tail with an impressive spell of 4 for 14.
In reply Fakenham lost three early wickets which brought first Lloyd Marshall (48) to the crease, followed by Luke Caswell (39) and later by John Ewart (40). These three batsmen proved to be the Fakenham powerhouse with some exciting hitting as well as to a beautiful display of controlled and sensible cricket. Joe Everett (2 for 19) was the pick of the A & B Wanderers bowling. However, Fakenham managed to ride the hostile bowling and emerged winners with 153 for 5 wickets.
The Man of the Match was Lloyd Marshall, whose 48 runs contained 3 mighty sixes.
After the match, League Chairman Colin King said, “A & B Wanderers played well but their score, although challenging, was I felt 30 runs short of what would have made an interesting target. Fakenham, on the other hand were a well disciplined side and, thanks to their middle order, thoroughly deserved their win.
I would also like to thank Sprowston for hosting this finals. It’s the perfect venue for our needs and the pitch was good and true."