Saham Toney skipper in great form


- Credit: Archant

Saham Toney returned to winning ways with a convincing eight-wicket win over neighbours Bradenham in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.

Skipper Ady Wood won the toss and put Bradenham into bat, who started brightly with an opening partnership of 37 before Kristien Fletcher grabbed his first wicket of the afternoon, followed shortly with his second to reduce Bradenham to 54-2.

Bradenham made steady progress to reach 81-2 before Simon Mower then took two wickets in two balls. Wickets fell at regular intervals from then on. Mower grabbed his third to finish up with 3-24. Mark Hunter also picked up 2-16 against his former club and Stuart Lake mopped up the tail to finish with 3-14.

Saham were outstanding in the field with nine of the dismissals being caught, with Ady Woods, Eube Huckle, Xavier Huckle and David Ellis all catching two each. Bradenham were all out for 131 inside 40 overs.

Ady Wood and Ben Smart scored freely at the top of the order for Saham with their highest opening partnership of the season. This didn't look like being broken until Smart (32) was unlucky when he slipped attempting a single to be run out.

Mower (16) joined Wood to get the score within six runs before Mower fell. This left Hunter (4no) to help see Saham home with more than 20 overs left and Wood finish off a man of the match performance with gloves and bat, finishing 73 not out.

Saham visit bottom of the table Bungay on Saturday.