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Thetford CC's victory bid is thwarted by the weather

PUBLISHED: 19:37 22 May 2017

Thetford, pictured in action against Dereham earlier in the season, saw their latest game cut short by rain. Picture: Ian Burt

Thetford, pictured in action against Dereham earlier in the season, saw their latest game cut short by rain. Picture: Ian Burt

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Thetford Town were denied the opportunity of going for a fourth straight win in Division One of the Norfolk Alliance on Saturday when the weather intervened.

Their match at Stow was abandoned when evenly poised, meaning the visitors had to settle for just eight points and leaving them 19 behind early pacesetters Bradfield, who maintained their 100 per cent record by comfortably beating Mattishall.

Stow were asked to bat first in what was a 35 over per side game and got up to a solid 228-6, a total that was built around a second wicket partnership of 148 between opener Keith Thomson (63) and Will Denny (83).

Chris White was the most successful Thetford bowler, taking 3-36 in his seven overs.

Thetford lost Craig Baulch early in their reply before Liam and Ryan Conroy steadied the ship. Ryan eventually went for 24 but Liam was still there on 33 when rain brought a premature halt to proceedings with the visitors stranded on 76-3 off 19 overs.

Thetford resume their Alliance campaign on Saturday when they play host to a Norwich A side who have lost four out of five so far.

The match gets under way at 1pm.

Thetford Town A did get a full game in but it didn’t last long as they recorded a seven wicket home win over Bradfield A after bowling them out for just 87.

It was another strong performance from the seconds and maintained their perfect start in Division Six.

Bradfield skipper S Bidwell won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like an absolute belter of a track at Mundford Road.

It was a decision he was soon regretting as R Smeed picked up opener S Abbs fourth ball with no runs on the board.

Tight bowling from all the bowlers and a great all-round performance from the team in the field restricted Bradfield to just 19 runs off the first 14 overs for the loss of five wickets. Bradfield struggled along with very little scoring balls at their disposal and lost their final wicket in the 33rd over for just 87. R Smeed (3-15), J Fernandes (3-28) and man-of-the-match N Coleman (2-6) starred with the ball.

Thetford knocked off the total in the 25th over, with Smeed unbeaten on 39, to take 24 points and move to the top of the league.

On Saturday the A side have their first away trip of the season to Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers.

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