Garboldisham setting pace after two wins in six days

Garboldisham players celebrate the wicket of Fakenham's Harry Blackiston during Saturday's Norfolk A

Garboldisham players celebrate the wicket of Fakenham's Harry Blackiston during Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division match. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Garboldisham are proving that last year's impressive second placed finish in the top flight of the Norfolk Alliance was no flash in the pan.

The village outfit made it two wins in the space of six days at the weekend to maintain their place at the summit with over a third of the season having been completed.

After beating Horsford A on Bank Holiday Monday, Garboldisham have played one more game than most of their rivals, but they are certainly proving once again that they are a force to be reckoned with in battle for honours.

Saturday's game at Fakenham was a tight affair, but they came through it after chasing down a total of 186-8 in the 47th over for the loss of four wickets.

An unbroken stand of 47 between captain Danny Cash and Jack Stevenson saw them home after Gavin Barnes had taken 4-45 to restrict the hosts. Fakenham openers Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (41) and Harry Blackiston (35) had given their side a solid start with a stand of 82.

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Downham Town are breathing down the leaders' necks, just four points adrift with that game in hand, after maintaining their own impressive start to the season by coming through a high-scoring match against Sprowston.

Chasing a more than competitive total of 284-6 (Sri Tenjarla 79), Town eventually got home in the final over with just two wickets in hand, with Ian Harrison (83) and Jack Gould (55) providing the main contributions.

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There are new leaders in Division One, with Diss taking over at the top after knocking Thetford off their perch.

Consistent all-rounder Rob Tooke shone with both bat and ball as the home side won by 31 runs to inflict a first defeat of the season on their near neighbours.

Tooke top scored with 56 in a total of 202 and then took 4-31 as Thetford were dismissed for 171 (Craig Baulch 53, Ryan Conroy 49).

Diss have played one more game than the chasing pack which is now being led by Swardeston A, the other side to be relegated from the Premier Division last season.

Alfie Cooper led the way with a superb 143 as Swardeston made 278-8 and it was too much for Bradfield, who could only get up to 219 (Alex Kimber 68) as former Norfolk captain George Walker took 4-40.

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