Norfolk Cricket Alliance preview: Stow’s overseas star lands in time for side’s season opener

South African Luandre Van Wyk is set to make his Stow debut tomorrow after arriving in England this week to find out he'd missed none of his side's opening games of the season.

The 21-year-old batsman was expected to miss the start of Stow's campaign but landed in the UK ready to begin the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division campaign alongside his new team-mates after Stow's first three fixtures fell foul of wet weather.

Stow captain Keith Thomson, whose side travel to Lowestoft Town, said: 'It's good in one sense that we haven't played I suppose because Luandre hasn't missed any matches. But to be honest it's just been really frustrating not playing as we really fancied a crack at North Runcton at the weekend.

'I don't think them playing on Saturday would have given them much of an advantage. Their bowlers had a good spell but their batsman only scored 77 (in a 93-run defeat at Old Buckenham) so they can't be feeling great. We're fresh and champing at the bit.'

North Runcton are also looking to fulfil their first matches of the season at the weekend when they welcome Diss tomorrow before entertaining Cromer in the first round of the NACO Trophy on Sunday.

Skipper Andrew Barrett said: 'We just want some cricket. We've prepared in nets, prepared the pitch, but one thing you can't prepare for is the weather.

'We're all a bit rusty so all I can ask for is that everyone gives 100pc if we do play. If the effort is there and we lose then I can't really complain.'

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One side who did manage to take to the middle for the first time this season at the weekend was Downham Town.

However, their campaign got off to a disappointing start when they could only post 116 before slumping to an eight-wicket defeat against Diss.

Captain Duncan Lanchester said: 'It wasn't the best start but Diss were the better team on the day.

'It didn't help that I lost the toss but they adapted to the conditions better. They're a decent side and we were under-strength but if you only set 117 to win you're always going to be up against it.'

Downham will look to bounce back tomorrow at home against Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers who are yet to play this season.