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Gr-eight haul for Palmer

PUBLISHED: 17:16 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 07 July 2010

Alan Palmer took a career-best haul of eight wickets as Brandon gained a deserved win over Nowton.

It puts him top of our roll of honour as current best bowler of the season.

Alan Palmer took a career-best haul of eight wickets as Brandon gained a deserved win over Nowton.

It puts him top of our roll of honour as current best bowler of the season.

He will be hoping for better luck than a few seasons ago when he led the roll of honour until late on in the season but was pipped for the prize.

Winning the toss, Brandon skipper Palmer decided to bat on a wicket that looked fairly even.

The new opening partnership of Finch and Briston (24) got off to a good start, with Briston hitting a flurry of boundaries to push the score on to 26 off the first three overs.

Both batsmen fell in quick succession, followed by a major collapse of the middle order, due to some good bowling and poor shot selection.

A last-wicket stand of 26 between Moley (11no) and Chris Page (15) gave Brandon a total of 78 to try and defend.

With no pace in the wicket, Palmer opted to open with spin at both ends.

Bowling the first over, Palmer claimed three wickets to leave the hosts in disarray, with Briston bowling a good tight line from the other end.

Nowton found themselves in deep trouble as wickets continued to fall.

After seven overs, with the score on 20 and with seven wickets down, Brandon pushed hard for the win, and claimed the last three wickets to leave Nowton all out for 33.

Palmer claimed career-best figures of 8-5 with Briston taking a well-deserved 2-24.

A much better team effort in the field, especially from Karl Mcreath, and Moley, who both took superb catches to dismiss dangerous batsmen at a crucial time in the innings.

This Sunday, Brandon are hoping to carry this form into their first home game of the season against Rougham.

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