Overseas player Fergus Lellman failed to inspire Downham Stow to victory on a disappointing day for the team.

CRICKET: A batting failure cost Downham Stow dearly as they fell to defeat in the semi-final of the play-offs for a place in next season’s East Anglian Premier League.

The home side could muster only 161 and were outplayed by Two Counties Cricket Championship Division One title winners Witham in a nine-wicket defeat at Stow Hall.

The hosts lost Freddie Fairey for just two but Keith Thomson moved the score on to 38/1 before falling for 24.

Wickets fell regularly after that with Witham captain Jake Wakelin taking 4-18.

Addam Todd took the only Witham wicket to fall.Pictures: IAN BURT.

A ninth-wicket partnership between top scorer Addam Todd (42) and Jamie Cook (8) briefly raised hopes but the 31 runs they added was the biggest stand of the home innings as they fell to 161 all out. 

Todd grabbed a caught and bowled to end the openers’ reply with 72 on the board but that was the only success as Michael Godwin (71no) led the Essex team to 163/1 and a place in this weekend’s final.

A Downham Stow spokesman said: “It was a disappointing day, with a below-par performance on all fronts. 

“The better side won comfortably and good luck to them in the final.”