First win delight for Swaffham
Swaffham secured their first outright Alliance Division Three victory of the season with a crushing 105-run win over fierce rivals Ashmanhaugh.
A club spokesman said it was 'a fantastic all-round performance from Swaffham in which everyone contributed and was a fitting way to end a joyous day for the club. It was a clean sweep with all four sides claiming victory at the weekend.'
Swaffham won the toss and demolished the Ashmanhaugh attack amassing a massive 312-5 in only 40 overs.
Hardy returned to open the batting with 15-year-old Jasper Payne. The pair showed no nerves and powered their way to a 105-run partnership off only 17 overs, scoring runs all around the wicket. Both batsmen were on 49 before Payne, after a fantastic innings, unfortunately top-edged a shot off Spinks to fall one run short of a deserved half-century.
Hardy reached his half-century and kept the scoreboard ticking with Michael Crisp before the latter was bowled whilst tracking the slow bowling of Spinks for 14. Hardy quickly followed Crisp five runs later, clipping a ball behind square to give Spinks his third wicket after an impressive innings of 68 off 66 balls.
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Craig Titmarsh joined the in-form Anthony Reeve and they overcame Swaffham's slight wobble and took control of the game.
The pair smashed a 102 partnership off a meagre 11 overs before Titmarsh departed for a brutal 31-ball 48. Reeve followed two overs later having scored 60 runs in 43 balls, allowing Matt Smith to join the seasoned Colin Yates.
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The pair scored 45 in only four overs and Reeve decided to declare the innings after 40 overs, leaving Yates with 40 runs off only 18 deliveries. Swaffham scored 300 for the third consecutive innings at home and, with 52 overs to bowl Ashmanhaugh out, were determined to gain their first maximum-point victory.
This win looked on the cards as David Annakin claimed the invaluable wicket of the stubborn Bernie Everett for one in the second over of the innings, with keeper Jordan Lown taking a comfortable catch behind the stumps.
Smith bowled tightly at the other end but without much luck as Ashmanhaugh recovered with some attacking shots. The introduction of Ben Clark brought the downfall of Everett junior with a classic in-swinging delivery before Swaffham benefited with some unusual luck in the next over. Payne managed to catch Ashmanhaugh's Metcalfe on his arm with a powerful throw from the boundary, Norfolk U19 player Metcalfe battled on for another over before deciding he had to retire hurt.
Carl Oxborough bowled his best spell of the season, chipping away with three wickets from nine overs and Smith dismissed Daynes for 37.
Nonetheless, a counter-attacking partnership from Gant and Sanders of 66 began to unsettle Swaffham, who up until this point had not yet bowled a team out this season.
Crisp claimed the final two wickets and Swaffham got a deserved 105-run victory with 13 overs still to bowl.
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