Thetford CC maintain bright start to new season
- Credit: Ian Burt
Thetford Town made it two wins from two in Division One of the Norfolk Alliance after a tight finish at Mundford Road.
A brilliant partnership in the middle order between Ray Smeed (46 not out) and Mark Fowler (29) proved pivotal to a five-wicket victory against Swardeston A.
Liam Conroy put Swardeston in on a cloudy afternoon and Thetford were immediately on top, with Lewis Greyson in buoyant mood, taking two wickets and finishing with figures 8-2-23-2.
Joe Hills (10-0-38-3) again gave the home side plenty of control by also removing the rest of the top five. Craig Baulch (9-2-33-1) and James Baulch (6-0-9-2) then went to work and the senior removed the key man Dan Martin for 29.
Both bowled fantastically in the middle part of the innings, helping to restrict Swardeston A to only 205.
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The Thetford openers got off to a good start, putting on 48 for the first wicket before Tristan Caley was removed by Toby Duncan for 15.
Thetford looked in control at drinks on 105-2 but when Conroy (48) and Neil Lockwood (12) went in subsequent overs they were right up against it at 117-4.
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On cue second team skipper Fowler and Smeed put on a 74-run partnership which looked to have got Thetford home.
However, with an over remaining Fowler was caught at point for 29. Craig Baulch (nine not out) joined Smeed and hit the winning runs with two balls remaining.
Thetford travel to the Denes Oval on Saturday to take on Lowestoft Town.
Swaffham have also won their first two games in Division Two of the Alliance.
They were involved in a tight match against Brooke A but came through it by four wickets.
Swaffham only had 125-9 to chase thanks in no small part to David Annakin (4-28) but with former Norfolk captain Paul Newman taking 4-37 the hosts were grateful for a half century from Jasper Payne and an unbeaten 40 from Ryan Bradbury as they took the spoils comfortably enough in the end.
Swaffham face a tough much on Saturday when they travel to a Beccles team who have also started the season strongly.