Captain’s century leads Fakenham to Carter NACO Cup final win over Cromer
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The final of the Carter NACO Cup was held at Garboldisham on Sunday and saw Fakenham complete a convincing victory over Cromer by 242 runs.
Fakenham captain Will Dunger won the toss and elected to bat on a very good Garboldisham wicket.
This initially looked like it might backfire as Luke Findlay was dismissed cheaply. However, a 116-run second-wicket stand between Chad Bowes (76) and Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (31) put Fakenham firmly in the driving seat and set it up perfectly for captain Dunger to lead from the front with an entertaining 102 off just 80 balls including five sixes.
He was ably assisted in a stand of 155 by Lloyd Marshall (53) which helped Fakenham set a daunting total of 325 for seven off their 50 overs.
The Cromer bowlers struggled to contain the Fakenham batsmen with Tatenda Chiradza taking three wickets but at a cost of 99 and only Rob Purton stemming the flow with 1-38 off his 10 overs.
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In reply Cromer made a steady start with Matthew Warnes (19) and Darren Payne (10) putting on 33 for the first wicket. However, after a stand of 34 between Rob Purton (13) and Kristian Regis (22) for the third wicket the rest of the Cromer batsmen failed to make double figures as the last seven wickets fell for 11 runs.
The Fakenham bowlers kept things very tight with the main destroyer being spinner Yin Lo who took 5-22 off eight overs, with Steve Earl taking 3-4 off just two overs to wrap the innings up.
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At the presentations Barry Battelley, adjudicating on the man of the match, awarded it to Dunger for his excellent century. The trophy was presented to the Fakenham captain by Garboldisham CC president Trevor Lambert.
The next final is the Lady Mary Trophy on Sunday at Manor Park, between Garboldisham and Bradfield, starting at midday.