Thetford Town A (239-6) beat Hales and Loddon (173) by 66 runs in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.
Free-scoring Hales and Loddon all-rounder Mark Stewart went down with all guns blazing but was unable to prevent Thetford Town A from chalking up a 66-run Norfolk Alliance Division Six revenge win. After being set a 240 victory target, 10-man H&L were struggling at 90 for 6 but Stewart and Dean Fisher enjoyed a partnership of 83 in 14 overs which revived flagging hopes and put the innings back on track. When Fisher departed for a gritty 18 with the total on 173-7 the relieved hosts were able to wrest back the initiative.
Big-hitting number six Stewart was last man out in the 39th over, holing out to Matthew Wabe on the mid-wicket boundary off the bowling of Darren Newey for a fine 69. A power-hitting display, which sent fielders scuttling to all corners of the Mundford Road ground, featured seven fours and three sixes. But overall it was a disappointing H&L batting effort, which lacked the necessary discipline as only two other players managed to record double figures.
In-form opener Milton Lindsay was going well on 38, when, after being struck on the elbow by a no ball from paceman Will Gray, he was deceived by the next delivery which kept low and shattered the stumps. Auldwyn Lindsay had hit 14 when he too fell to Gray, caught by Aaron Peek. Gray returned 3 for 33 from nine overs while Gavin Siriwardena (9 overs 2 for 36) and Daniel Phelps (8 overs 2 for 21) shared four wickets.
Thetford’s innings was dominated by captain Mark Fowler’s hard-hit unbeaten 75 while opener Keith Greyson batted well for his 31, in an innings of two halves. He had to leave the field with a badly bruised foot after being hit by a full-length delivery from H&L paceman Isaac Rolph. The vastly-experienced Mick Piggott had reached 38 when young Sam Ford produced an away swinger which found the edge and Jack Cook took the catch. Darren Newey (36) and Gavin Siriwardena (20) weighed in with useful late runs as the hosts upped the tempo. The 239-6 total included 38 extras, with 24 wides.
Stewart led the H&L bowling efforts with 3 for 38 from nine overs, while Rolph, Ford and Matt Buckingham took the other wickets to fall. Despite the defeat H&L remained third in the table on the same number of points as Diss Town A. Happisburgh and Hockwold continue to set the pace. After two defeats in a row H&L are looking to complete their first double of the season when they host Horsford B next.