Thetford claim another win to take over at top of table

Thetford won again at the weekend to take over at the top of Norfolk Alliance Division One. Picture:

Thetford won again at the weekend to take over at the top of Norfolk Alliance Division One. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Thetford Town moved to the top of Norfolk Alliance Division One on Saturday when they beat Norwich A by six wickets at Mundford Road,

They restricted the visitors to 201 and then got home in the 30th over, with Ryan Conroy unbeaten on 98 at the end.

Norwich chose to bat first on a scorching day and never took advantage of the ideal batting conditions, with their total well under par.

Joe Hills (5-1-14-3) and James Baulch (6-0-19-1) ripped through the top four while the experience of Neil Lockwood (10-0-41-2) and Craig Baulch (10-1-32-2) proved pivotal to restricting the away side.

Thetford got off to a quick start in reply but lost early wickets as well as scoring at seven runs an over for the first 10.

A superb 98 not out from Conroy took the game away from Norwich. He was supported by Lockwood (18) and Craig Baulch (24 not out), with the latter smashing the winning runs to send Thetford top of the table, a point ahead of morning leaders Bradfield, who suffered their first defeat.

Thetford make the short trip to Diss on Saturday (1pm).

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Thetford Town A (168-3) beat Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A (167-6) in Division Six.

After losing the toss Thetford were asked to field first on a hot day. The bowlers did a terrific job in windy conditions but Thetford’s ground fielding was poor in the second half of the innings, allowing A&B to reach 167-6 of their 45 overs.

Stand-in keeper Matthew Wabe was superb behind the stumps in very difficult conditions, getting the man-of-the-match vote from the rest of the team.

Thetford began their batting positively but lost Jason Plumpton and Mick Piggott with the score on just 45.

Thetford skipper Mark Fowler (38) and opener Darren Newey (77 not out) then set about putting on a 111 run stand for the third wicket which got Thetford to within 13 runs of victory before Fowler was caught at mid-off.

Thirteen-year-old Alistair Newey then joined his father at the crease and the pair got Thetford home with seven wickets to spare.

Thetford A are at home to unbeaten Denver on Saturday.