Brooke are back on track
FRANKLY DIGITAL NORFOLK ALLIANCE DIVISIONS PREMIER, ONE & TWO: Brooke bounced back to winning ways with a 78-run win at Stow in the Premier Division.
The visitors had gone off the boil after a winning start to the season, but Jeandre Jumat (101) struck his second league century of the summer from 106 balls, including 14 fours and three sixes to give Brooke the upper hand. John Habershon added 46, before Tom Nudd took three for 30 to steer Brooke to victory.
Fakenham maintained their perfect start with an eight-wicket win at Lowestoft.
Ian Slegg claimed seven for 45 before Stephen Gray (62no) completed the job for Fakenham.
Ollie Kimber made 58 for Cromer, but it was not enough to prevent Downham beating them by five wickets, Ian Harrison hitting 44.
Sprowston moved up to second after their winning draw at home to North Runcton.
Rob Purton fired 52 and Iain Murrell made 44 for Sprowston, with Kieron Bunting and Shaun Hemeter taking three wickets each. Although Sprowston had four extra overs to bowl Runcton out, the west Norfolk side held out for a losing draw. Andy Hanby took three wickets and Purton completed his fine day with four for 27, including a hat-trick.
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Glen Addicott helped Vauxhall Mallards A record their first win of the season as they beat Diss by five wickets.
Addicott took four for 54 and then hit 55 for Mallards. Robbie Tooke (52) was Diss' top scorer.
A total of 538 runs were scored at Hales & Loddon in Division One as visitors Mattishall won a thriller by one wicket after a last wicket stand of 85. Nathan Gostling (60no) was the Mattishall hero, with Neil Lockwood contributing 67. Earlier, Aaron Jones (86) and Gary Summons (66) top scored for Hales.
There was also an impressive rearguard action for Swardeston A as they gained a losing draw at home to leaders Acle.
David Horrex (34no) and Tim Price (7no) batted out the last 12 overs, putting on 46, to frustrate Acle. Earlier, Dave Huggins blasted 103 and Tom Wilson made 74 for the visitors, while Shaun Roberts (four for 39) and Paul Newman (three for 21) dismantled Swardeston's batting.
Old Buckenham's Robbie Austin took four for three to destroy Topcroft and secure a 141-run win for his side. James Heaney made 52 for Bucks.
There was yet another nailbiting finish for Bradenham, as they claimed a 90pc winning draw at Norwich A.
Brett Stolworthy fired 94no for Bradenham, while Tony Hawkins-Kay (80) carried Norwich agonisingly close to their target, before he was run out in the final over.
Bradfield stayed second after beating Saxlingham by two wickets.
Anthony Pearson (99) and Dave Adams (62) helped set an imposing total for Saxlingham, but Alex Kimber (67no) steered Bradfield home.
In Division Two, Dereham climbed back to the top of the table after outstanding bowling from Jake Anema (four for 45) and Gary Starling (four for 24) saw them beat Saham Toney by 50 runs.
Downham A kept their 100pc record intact as they won by seven wickets at morning leaders Garboldisham.
Jagjit Sandhu took four for 42 to put Downham in charge and Warren Bowman (89no) guided them to victory.
Mark Gricks took five for 30 as Hethersett & Tas Valley beat bottom club Hillington by three wickets, while Sheringham's struggles continued as they could only manage a losing draw at home to Horsford A.
Will Dunger's all-round effort helped Fakenham A claim a 90pc losing draw at home to Beccles. He took five for 63 and then hit 52, while Richard Porter (68) and Jon Puxley (84) were on form for Beccles.