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Martham are chasing double

PUBLISHED: 03:32 21 July 2017

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's  match against Beccles in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.. Picture : Antony Kelly

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's match against Beccles in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.. Picture : Antony Kelly

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Martham will go into tomorrow’s home showdown against Norfolk Alliance Division Three promotion rivals Great Melton in good spirits after two superb wins at the weekend.

They saw off third placed Bungay by nine wickets on Saturday and then booked their place in the final of the Lady Mary Trophy by bowling out opponents Hethersett and Tas Valley for just 35.

Martham made the league trip to Bungay expecting a tough test against an in-form team fighting hard in the top three.

After winning the toss on what looked like a challenging wicket, Martham elected to field first. From the off it proved to be a good decision as wickets tumbled at an alarming rate for the home side. Lewis Dunn’s pace (3-9) was backed up by Martham’s spin attack of Harry Chanchalani (4-22) and Joe Oakey (1-21), with Bungay being dismissed in the 42nd over for just 109.

Martham’s reply was emphatic, with Louie Stronach (21) and Finn Grist putting on a brisk 61 for the first wicket.

Louis Smith joined Grist at the crease and the runs continued at ease before Martham reached their target in just the 14th over, Smith unbeaten on 24 and Grist on 59.

It was a bad day at the office for Bungay but a good day for Martham who strengthened their grip at the top.

With second placed Great Melton also winning comfortable it left Martham 15 points clear at the top ahead of tomorrow’s meeting between the two sides (1pm).

The following day Martham made 221 in their Lady Mary Trophy semi-final before ripping through the opposition batting, with John Allen taking 5-7 and Simeon Randall 4-25.

They will now play Premier Division champions Brooke in the final at Manor Park on August 13.

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