Egan century ends Garby’s good run

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DIPPLE & CONWAY

OPTICIANS

NORFOLK ALLIANCE

PREMIER DIVISION

Sprowston 249-6 beat Garboldisham 248-8

by four wickets

A century from Damon Egan helped Sprowston edge past Garboldisham in an exciting finish on Saturday.

Garby travelled to Sprowston looking to build on their excellent wins over Fakenham and Swardeston.

The hosts won the toss and put Garboldisham in to bat, who started their innings with an early wobble after losing three wickets for 11 runs, as they went from 51-0 to 62-3.

Captain Danny Cash stabilised the innings, while some big hitting from Alex Hogg (50) and Kieran Pask (44) pushed the Garby score to a very respectable 248-8 after 50 overs.

Sprowston stood at 80-3 at the midway point of their innings and by the 41st over had pushed on to 179-4.

The match was in for a thrilling conclusion and it was Egan (106 not out) who scored the home side’s winning runs in the last over, leaving them on 249-6 for a four-wicket win.

n Elsewhere, Garboldisham II continued their winning start to the season with a five wicket victory over Dersingham at the weekend.

Dersingham scored 202-9 batting first, while in reply James Worby (104) hit his second century of the season.

Tom Davey (31no) also contributed with the bat as Garby completed the run chase in the 39th over, finishing on 204-5 to make it six wins from six in Division Four.

n Garboldisham III slipped to back-to-back defeats in Stadia Norfolk League Division Two West on Saturday.

Toby Culling (4-29) and Phil Carr (3-19) helped reduce Castle Rising to 211-8, but with bat in hand Garby went into meltdown and were bowled out for 124 after 38 overs.

Andy Freake (46), Carr (28) and Sam Baker (15) were the only Garboldisham batsmen to reach double figures.

n In Division Four South and West, Garboldisham IV also came unstuck with their batting as they lost by 134 runs to Great Melton IV.

Melton batted first and finished on 217-6, while in reply Garby scored just 83 before being bowled all out in 30 overs.

Paul Baker (21) top scored with the bat, while Howard Goodman, Louis Hart, Adam Pringle, Jack Halliwell and Ben Buckmaster took wickets.