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Morale-boosting win for Saham

PUBLISHED: 20:39 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:46 08 July 2010

Saham visited local neighbours Dereham this week and came away with a morale-boosting winning draw.

This week Saham host league leaders Mattishall, 1pm start.

Saham visited local neighbours Dereham this week and came away with a morale-boosting winning draw.

This week Saham host league leaders Mattishall, 1pm start.

In awful weather conditions both sides, to their credit, were keen to play.

Dereham won the toss and invited Saham to bat.

An afternoon of on/off cricket due to the rain didn't stop Saham's opening pair putting on a hundred partnership for second time in three games.

Adi Wood (83) dominated the home attack with some crunching blows supported by the ever-improving Dale Sims (28).

Sims was first to depart in a freak dismissal as he hit his own wicket trying to cut the ball, and Matt Thomas (8) also went to the same bowler. Woods and McGeorge went quickly too, as Saham lost four wickets for 28 runs.

The two Simons then steadied the ship with a stand of 52 as Saham restored their advantage.

Pitkethley (17) fell in his pursuit to up the scoring.

Ben Smart (20no) and skipper Mower (42no) saw Saham finish on 222-5. A good score on a difficult wicket.

With 25 points up for grabs Saham attacked with both Smarts opening the bowling.

Will Smart (1-16) and Ben Smart (1-28) took an early wicket each and then Pitkethley and David Ellis strangled the scoring as Saham pressed on.

Ellis got a well-deserved wicket as Dereham struggled to 78 for 6. But with bad light and a wet ball,

Saham were only allowed to bowl their spinners for the remainder of the game, much to Saham's frustration.

Perry Sims and skipper Simon Mower tried their best to test Dereham's resistance, Sims bowled the home skipper, and Mower grabbed three more victims.

But with Saham failing to take some difficult chances, Dereham held out, leaving Saham cursing their luck with the weather, as Dereham finished with 140 for 8.

Skipper Simon Mower took positives out of the result, calling it a “much improved all-round display in difficult conditions.

“Adi and Dale played really well up top, allowing us to post a good score, and we bowled well too. Just need a bit more luck.”

Saham Toney: A Wood c Hewitt b Chetham 83, D Sims hit wicket b Head 28, M Thomas c Marczewski b Head 8, A McGeorge c Burrage b Chetham 0, S Mower not out 42, S Pitkethley c Hoggett b Fletcher 17, B Smart not out 20; extras 19. Total (5 wkts) 222. Bowling: K Fletcher 11-1-54-1, G Starling 11-3-68-0, T Head 12-1-66-2, M Chetham 12-6-24-2.

Dereham: D Lake run out 16, D Hewitt c D Sims b W Smart 0, N Irons b B Smart 18, J Anema lbw Mower 19, L Hoggett c D Sims b Ellis 8, J Marczewski b P Sims 4, M Chetham c McGeorge b Mower 26, G Starling lbw Mower 17, N Burrage not out 8, K Fletcher not out 1; extras 18. Total (8 wkts) 140. Bowling: B Smart 8-1-28-1, W Smart 5-1-16-1, S Pitkethley 7-3-10-0, D Ellis 7-2-16-1, P Sims 10-1-41-1, S Mower 8-3-22-3, A Wood 1-0-3-0.

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