Garboldisham 1sts picked up a much needed win away to Brooke CC. Brooke won the toss and put themselves in to bat but three quick wickets from Alex Hogg had the home side struggling on 24-3. Their middle order steadied the ship but once Dan Constable had removed Brooke’s half-century maker Gary Chirimuuta (58) at 132-4, the rest of the Brooke wickets tumbled at regular intervals to leave them on 187 all out in the 41st over. Garby openers Dan Constable (12) and Tom Davey (0) were out cheaply with Dan unable to repeat his century from a few days earlier against Horton House. Henry Phoenix (50) and Alex Hogg (52) in at 3 and 4, pulled it back for Garby with a couple of half-centuries but when both were out and with the scoreboard displaying 139-5, the big worry was that Garboldisham would repeat their batting collapse of the previous week. But Danny Cash (19), Kieran Paske (23*) and Pascal Walker (8*) all kept their heads and saw Garby safely home to finish on 188-7 and win by 3 wickets.
The 2nds were at home to Stow CC who won the toss and elected to field. Garby scored a solid 203-8 with good batting performances form Jack Stevenson (48) and Andrew Whistler (47*). With bat in hand, Stow started very well and for a while it looked like they were on target to chase down Garby’s total. However, once their top order had been dismissed, with Karl Gooderham taking the key wicket of visitor Mike Broad (66), the rest of Stow’s batting fell to pieces and they were all out for 135 in the 36th over. Sean Taylor was the pick of the Garby bowlers with 3-29. After last week’s hiccup it’s good to see the 2nds back to their winning ways and in a commanding position at the top of NA Division 4
Garboldisham 3rds and 4ths both had difficult games. The 3rds were playing just down the road at East Harling and batted first but struggled with the pitch and good bowling from the home side. Only Rowan Freake’s 39 runs gave some substance to the Garby score and they finished on 84 all out. Two early wickets from Rowan for just 4 runs gave Garboldisham a flicker of hope in the field but this was soon sniffed out as Harling pressed on to chase down Garby’s total and to win by 7 wickets in the 35th over. Both the 3rds and 4ths had weakened sides with many regular players away at the Latitude Festival or at weddings and the 4ths ended up with just a 10-player side. The 4ths were up against Old Buckenham and batted first but were all out for just 29 runs. Old Buck chased this down in 3 overs for the loss of no wickets.