Debut half century from Lewis Denmark not enough to save Norfolk

The final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. Norfolk batsman Lewis Denmark in action. Picture: Denise Bradley The final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. Norfolk batsman Lewis Denmark in action. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
7:23 PM

Norfolk’s first home match of their Unicorns Minor Counties Championship season ended in defeat.

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The final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. Picture: Denise BradleyThe final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. Picture: Denise Bradley

Cumberland left Manor Park with the spoils yesterday after a strong batting performance in their first innings.

Norfolk began the final day of the match – which had seen much of the first day’s play lost to heavy rain on Sunday – on 58-3 and 134 runs behind.

That followed the home team falling for 133 in their first innings before watching Cumberland declare on 325-9.

Norfolk made up the 134 runs but, unusually, exactly to the point where the teams were level.

The final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. The Norfolk team watch the match. Picture: Denise BradleyThe final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. The Norfolk team watch the match. Picture: Denise Bradley

An effort of 192 left Cumberland needing just one run from their second innings, which was calmly played to wrap up the 10-wicket win for the visitors.

The silver lining of that disappointment for Norfolk was a half century for Lewis Denmark on his debut. The Swardeston batsman finished unbeaten on 23 in the first innings, from 59 balls, and then 51 from 132 balls in the second innings.

It was not enough to help Norfolk rescue the match but it points to a promising future in Minor Counties cricket for the 20-year-old, who is the son of Norfolk Cricket Board development officer, Kevin.

The Norfolk Festival of Cricket is due to continue on Sunday, when Bedfordshire arrive for Norfolk’s next Minor Counties Championship match.

The final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. Norfolk batsman James Spelman in action. Picture: Denise BradleyThe final day of Norfolk against Cumberland in the Norfolk Festival of Cricket. Norfolk batsman James Spelman in action. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk are currently bottom of the Eastern Division after two draws and a loss, with Beds only having two draws so far but two more bonus points to sit above Norfolk in the table.

Play is due to get under way at 11am.

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