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Norfolk and Cumberland show fighting spirit on first day of MCCA Minor Counties Championship clash

PUBLISHED: 05:00 15 August 2016

Horsford gave their EAPL survival hopes a huge shot in the arm by beating Norwich.

Horsford gave their EAPL survival hopes a huge shot in the arm by beating Norwich.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2016

Middle-order resistance gave Norfolk something to build on going into the second day of their final match of the season.

Chris Brown’s side headed to Cumberland looking to finish the MCCA Minor Counties Championship campaign on a high. And after a delayed start in the picturesque settings of Sedbergh School, near Kendal, Garry Park and Robbie Bridgstock ensured that the first of the three-day encounter almost belonged to the visitors.

James Spelman, Sam Arthurton, James (Jimmy) Hale and Jordan Taylor – one of two changes from the 47-run defeat to joint Eastern Division leaders Northumberland in the final match of the annual Norfolk Festival of Cricket last week – all got their eye in but failed to kick on.

The same could not be said for number five Park and the next man at the crease, Bridgstock, as they set about creating Norfolk’s best partnership of the innings.

They had added 70 to the total before Park was removed for 38. That show of defiance was continued by Ashley Watson as he chipped in with a top-scoring 46 to help push his side beyond the 200 mark.

Unfortunately, the away team were not the only team to show some fighting spirit on the day as Cumberland dug in to ensure their reply didn’t completely fall apart.

Taylor ran out William Hale for a duck before Ben Coote removed Gary Pratt for just seven to leave the hosts floundering on 7-2. However, they’d made 61 by the close of play with Michael Slack and Sam Dutton steadying the ship.

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