Fakenham’s attempts to extend their lead at the top of the Alliance Premier division were thwarted as a delicately poised game against Cromer was curtailed by a torrential thunderstorm.
As was expected and now seems to becoming standard practice, Fakenham lost the toss again and were inserted on a dry wicket which was expected to turn later for this match sponsored by Colin Marshall and Son Ltd.
The wicket played unpredictable from the outset with the odd ball occasionally rising steeply off the dry surface which may well have been a contributing factor to Jon Ewart’s (2) early dismissal. Keegan Monahan-Fairlie, still hungover from celebrating his first century the previous week, continued where he left off against Dereham. Punishing loose bowling, whilst remaining watchful, Monahan-Fairlie and Luke Caswell steadily moved the score to 41 off ten overs, a great position to accelerate from, before Caswell (5) was out followed shortly by Ben Harvey (2) and Will Dunger (4) who all came and went.
At 60-4 Fakenham were wobbling somewhat, but Harry Bammant, as he has done so often recently, restored order and helped Fakenham towards a respectable position. Bammant finally departed for 24 as the score reached 118-5. Aware that 160 would be a more than competitive score with Fakenham’s bowling attack, both Monahan-Fairlie and Lloyd Marshall were prepared to adopt a patient approach, despite the innings drawing to a close. Marshall was finally stumped off the bowling of Frankie Sutton for 9, leaving the hosts 144-6 with 6 overs to go in the allotted 40.
Fakenham Captain David Coyle, clearly enraged at losing yet another toss, took on the Cromer attack with a swift 13 ball 20 not out, and with Monahan-Fairlie, who finished on an important 78 not out, helped Fakenham to what looked an above par 176-6.
Cromer started positively in their chase and had reached 29-0 off 9.3 overs before thunder and lightning brought a halt to the proceedings and followed by absolutely torrential rain and finally put an end to what had promised to be a closely encounter. The abandoned game leaves Fakenham tied with North Runcton at the top of the Alliance Premier Division as Runcton’s game was also abandoned but they gained 3 extra bonus points before rain hit them.
Elsewhere the second team lost their game against Cromer 2nd’s in Alliance 4, whilst the 3rd’s must have waited an age for the ground to dry before finally winning their game against North Elmham in Norfolk League 4W.
Next week the 1st team are away at Brooke, start midday.