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Fordham win keeps them in promotion hunt

Fordham (254-5) remain in the CCA Junior League One North promotion picture following Saturday’s 66-run triumph at the expense of Burwell & Exning III (188-6).

Burwell & Exning III v Fordham Gavin Harding batting for Fordham Picture Mark Westley. (2806426)
Burwell & Exning III v Fordham Gavin Harding batting for Fordham Picture Mark Westley. (2806426)

The hero for visiting Fordham was Alex Theobald, who ended his side’s innings on 100 not out – a score that set them on the path to victory.

It was hard work for the bowlers at Exning, with the pitch drenched by the sunny conditions.

Batting first, Fordham openers Jordan Theobald and Gav Harding put on 80 in 14 overs before the former went for 49 and his partner for 31.

That was followed by an impressive partnership of 105 for thethird wicket between Alex Theobald and Gareth Summerskill, which set the away team up to post a competitive total.

Alex Theobald attacked the bowling without mercy, while Summerskill played the anchor role in his score of 35.

There was support down the order from Adam Cornwell and from the final ball of the innings Alex Theobald reached his century to remain unbeaten.

In reply, hosting Burwell & Exning started equally well but when Wayne Hardy (37) and Seb Lawson (28) were both given out, it was left to skipper Simon Hudson with 61 to lift his side, although they were unable to match the run rate required.

While they still had four wickets in hand come the close of play, the home team were some 66 runs short of the target.

Next on the agenda for Fordham is a home encounter against Terrington St Clement (8th) on Saturday, while Burwell & Exning head to fifth-placed Cottenham (both 1.30pm).

l In the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two, Lakenheath (218-9) recorded a 60-run triumph over Clacton-on-Sea (158).

After losing the toss, the home side were relieved to be inserted on another hot day.

Chris Baugh and Dom Palmer got Lakenheath off to another solid start before Baugh (30) became the first of five wickets for South African Harlan Greig.

Palmer (55), with his sixth score of 50 or more this season, soon followed with the score on 91-2.

Clacton’s slower bowlers then kept the score in check and contributions from skipper Shane Leech (47) and Paul Pallant (32) meant that Lakenheath’s innings closed with 216 on the board.

The home side knew that early wickets were important to protecting their score and with the score at 27 without loss a risky single to Baugh in the covers saw a run out.

Ten balls later and Clacton were in shock as a further three wickets fell to leave them reeling at 29-4. At drinks, the introduction of Greg Palmer (3-47) from the Eriswell End stopped any chance of a Clacton resurgence.

The flight and guile of Palmer is a welcome return to the Lakenheath bowling attack, and bowling in tandem with Leech (3-55). set the home side on course for another victory.

Third-placed Lakenheath travel to leaders Haverhill on Saturday (1pm).