CRICKET: Downham Town 1sts are celebrating their league win after sealing a victory on Saturday.
The 1st X1 secured a nine wicket victory over Lowestoft away from home to bag their fifth Alliance Premier League title in Duncan Lanchester’s 25th year as captain.
Downham did well, losing only one wicket when Alex Stuart was caught for 36.
Opener Addam Todd scored the only six of the innings in his 34-run stand and also made four fours.
He was also notable with the ball – taking five wickets for 24 runs in his 13 overs at the Memorial Playing Field.
In Division One, Stow completed their season with a win over rivals Brooke by four wickets to take the division title.
Being 15 points ahead at the start of the day, captain Keith Thomson elected to bowl first at the toss.
Lloyd Richmond and Dan Ward set a positive early tone and runs were hard to come by. Richmond got the initial breakthrough with the score of 17 after 8 overs.
Brooke had reached 73-1 at the half way point, with Rob Panter (66) well set. Joshy Ring and Ben Melton were introduced to the attack immediately after drinks and set about ripping through the opposition. Ring finished with 5-42 and Melton bagged 3, in what was one of the best bowling partnerships of the season.
The visitors declared on 155-9 to prevent the hosts getting an extra bonus point leaving them with 156-6.
The chase didn’t get off to a good start as Bowman was clean-bowled for a duck in the first over.
That brought Thomson to the crease to join Ed Landymore. The pair just started to steady the ship before Landymore was caught in the gully with the scoreboard on 33.
Wickets continued to fall just as partnerships were beginning to get going until Ward joined his captain. They moved the score from 72-5 to 139-6 when he was caught playing a pull shot. By this time the winning line was in sight, as George Cook was given the opportunity to be at the crease when the celebrations erupted.
Thomson (65) finished with two leg side boundaries to end a closely contested match: and erupt the celebrations did!
Stow amassed 312 points in all, closing with a 31 point gap to second place finishers Brooke.
They go into a well earned break optimistic of a strong campaign in the Premier Division next term. Thanks to all involved at the club in making the season a success.