Fakenham captain Ben Harvey shrugs off ‘untouchables’ tag

Fakenham skipper Ben Harvey has warned that his side and fellow title favourites Norwich are not 'untouchable' in the quest for top spot this season.

Harvey's men survived a scare last Saturday when they edged to a one-wicket win at Old Buckenham after sliding to 54 for seven in pursuit of a victory target of 107.

The result maintained Fakenham's 100pc record in two completed games this summer, a feat replicated by Norwich in their more comfortable 176-run victory at Acle.

Fakenham face Stow this weekend with Harvey determined not to underestimate the division's bottom side: 'We've already seen Downham turned over this year and I mentioned to the boys again on Saturday that on any given day, any team in this division can beat anyone else. Ourselves, Norwich and Downham are not untouchable.

'It was a good little wake-up call for our players and probably for Norwich and Downham as well. You can't take any teams lightly because players will raise their game against the stronger sides.

'Stow have promised big things this year but they haven't delivered yet so I'm sure they will be looking to get their heads down on Saturday against us and perform well.'

Harvey also believes a surprise package could emerge as the season develops: 'Ourselves, Norwich and Downham will be looking to challenge for the title, but there's no reason why another team, like Diss, Sprowston or even Old Buckenham can't be up there,' he said. 'By the middle of the season we will start to see the frontrunners but at the moment we are just happy to have won two out of two in the league.'

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Elsewhere in the Premier Division tomorrow, Norwich travel to Downham hoping that seamer Aaron Watson can maintain his rich vein of form – he has taken 11 wickets in Norwich's two league wins this season.

The East Anglian Premier League is finally starting to take shape after the rain-affected start to the season, with Vauxhall Mallards joining newcomers Copdock & Old Ipswichian at the top last weekend.

Mallards travel to Sudbury tomorrow keen to avenge defeat in the same fixture towards the end of last season.

Swardeston picked up their first win of the season last Saturday and tomorrow's visitors to The Common are champions Cambridge Granta, who have struggled so far this year with two defeats and a draw.

Horsford remarkably defended a total of 93 with considerable ease in last weekend's win against Saffron Walden, but they can expect a firmer challenge tomorrow when they become the first of the Norfolk contingent to visit newcomers Copdock.

Great Witchingham are still seeking their first win of the campaign as they head to Bury St Edmunds.

The top clash in Norfolk League Division One sees reigning champions Rollesby visit East Harling, who have won both of their completed games to date.

There is a battle of the top two in West Norfolk League Division One as Sandringham host Terrington St Clement.

n See tomorrow's EDP for a full list of the weekend's fixtures.

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