Bucks shrug off rain to claim victory

Old Buckenham profited from the miserable weather as their win at home to Brooke was the only completed game in the Premier Division.Brooke batted first but struggled against the leg spin of Robbie Austin, with only Simon Cushing (27) able to provide much resistance.

Old Buckenham profited from the miserable weather as their win at home to Brooke was the only completed game in the Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.

Brooke batted first but struggled against the leg spin of Robbie Austin, with only Simon Cushing (27) able to provide much resistance. Austin went on to take four for 15 as the visitors were bowled out for 101.

Naeem ur-Rehman did his best to defend that small target, taking three wickets in the Buckenham reply, but Greg Palmer hit 31 not out to lead the home side to a six-wicket win which puts them back in touch with the teams chasing leaders Downham.

Downham made 195 for nine in their west Norfolk battle against North Runcton and Runcton had reached 18 without loss when the weather intervened.


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But Downham's lead at the top was stretched to 28 points, as second-placed Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers did not start their game at home to Topcroft.

Bottom club Acle made 125 all out against Vauxhall Mallards, Adam Munford scoring 41 and Steve Goldsmith picking up his second successive five-wicket haul. Mallards were struggling on 12 for two but the weather denied Acle the chance of forcing home their advantage.

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Cromer were on 99 for three at home to Beccles when the rain swept in.

In Division One, Lowestoft and Swardeston were left frustrated as their charge towards victory was halted by the weather.

Leaders Lowestoft made 231 for five against Stow, with skipper Nathan Garrod hiting 104, his maiden league century. They then reduced Stow to 39 for five, but they were denied the chance to finish the job off.

Swardeston posted 134 all out at Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway, with Nick Foster hitting 58 and Simon Jessop making 51.

They had Kirkley in trouble on 65 for six but the storms meant both sides went home with 10 points.

In the only game to reach a conclusion, Mattishall gained a winning draw at home to Saham Toney.

Carl Jermey (64) and Gareth Stoltz (77) top scored as Mattishall made an impressive 272 for five, before restricting Saham to 211 for seven, Ian Lovick hitting 64.

The game between Sprowston and Saxlingham was bubbling towards an interesting finish when it was curtailed.

Saxlingham scored 236 for eight and in pursuit of that, Sprowston reached 149 for two.

Norwich were unable to make up ground on Lowestoft as their game against Diss was another victim of the weather. Norwich made 165 for nine, with Chris Binnie hitting 77 and three wickets apiece for Rob Tooke and Henry Rush.

Diss lost an early wicket and were on 12 for one when the rain came.

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