Saham Toney lift Carter NACO Shield after win over Martham
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Saham Toney won the Carter NACO Shield at Halvergate beating Martham in a low scoring game with four wickets to spare.
Martham, who had the previous day secured the Division Four title, won the toss and decided to bat first against their Division Two opponents. However, this decision quickly backfired as they lost a wicket in the first over and were then quickly reduced to 3-3. Worse was to follow as they stumbled to 22-6. They were undone by the opening salvo from Joe Norman 3-22 and Jordan Wood 3-14 and from then on it was a case of damage limitation to try to get any kind of score to give themselves any sort of fighting chance. They were indebted to a spirited last-wicket stand of 37 from Courtney Randall, who made 25, and Matthew Beckett, 13 not out, who saw them to a total of 92.
Saham Toney made a solid start in reply with an opening stand of 39 from Ady Wood (20) and Ben Smart (19) seemingly putting them firmly in control. However, the Martham bowlers never gave up the fight and kept pegging back the Saham batsmen by taking wickets, with skipper Alex Sayer taking 2-8. Unfortunately it was not enough and Saham managed to cross the line six wickets down and take the honours.
At the presentations Graham Richardson, chief executive of the Carter Competitions Committee, adjudicating on the man of the match awarded it to Jordan Wood for his excellent bowling of 3-14 from four overs. The Carter NACO Shield was presented to Saham Toney captain Ben Smart by John Tythcott the chairman of the Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials.