Dereham v Fakenham – Norfolk Alliance Premier

Fakenham’s Keegam Monahan-Fairlie on his way to his well-deserved Club and Alliance maiden century

Dereham v Fakenham – Norfolk Alliance Premier

On Saturday Fakenham returned to the summit of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division courtesy of a 56 run victory over Dereham.

Fakenham’s captain, David Coyle, yet again wasted everybody’s time tossing up and Fakenham were inserted on a sporty wicket that had sufficient pace and bounce to give interest to both bat and ball, while the overhead conditions were certainly conducive to swing bowling as well.

Keegan Monahan-Fairlie and Jon Ewart were entrusted with opening the batting and getting through the opening spell, a rarely completed task this season. However this time the target was achieved and in some considerable style as the pair batted watchfully whilst maintaining a good positive intent. With 50 runs on the board within 12 overs, a big score was on the cards. Ewart was now looking to dominate the bowlers as he struck five 6s, Monahan-Fairlie was more cultured and settled for running ones and twos using his superior fitness levels to push the fielders. Both players continued steadily and took their totals to within touching distance of maiden centuries for the club before Ewart departed for 97, caught at deep mid-wicket off Duncan Hewitt. This dismissal only served to bring even more pain to Dereham as Will Dunger stride purposefully to the crease. At his belligerent best, he smashed a 24 ball 44 which included  5 sixes. He finally departed with just 2 balls remaining and Monahan-Fairlie 99 not out. Not to be denied, Monahan-Fairlie secured the single needed to bring up his maiden Alliance hundred and Fakenham ended 268-2, their best batting performance in a while.

This score was always going to prove a tall order for the league’s bottom side, but Ryan Fitt, in between swatting flies with his bat, connected with some lusty blows and moved the score along to 40-1 off 8 before he departed. Batsmen then came and went at regular intervals with only Duncan Hewitt (61) and Jonny Bidewell (46) offering enough resistance and intent to get Dereham believing the impossible was possible. Once Toby Hood and Coyle accounted for the pair it was left to the pair to finish the innings off and restrict Dereham to 212-9. Hood 2-30 and Coyle 5-35 were the most successful bowlers.

With North Runcton losing at Cromer, the win ensured that Fakenham once again took over the top spot in the table but with next week’s game at home being against Cromer they will certainly not trying to emulate Runcton.

The second team meanwhile had a good 109 win at home over Winterton in Division 4 with Olly Hall scoring a fine 116no out for his contribution to Fakenham’s 246-7.

Not to be outdone the third team also had a 62 run win over Denver to round off a highly successful couple of weeks for the club.