Bucks take fast route back
Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Old Buckenham secured an immediate return to the Premier Division with a winning draw against Bradenham on Saturday – and Acle are within a whisker of following suit.
Bucks skipper Terry Perry hit 76 as the result guaranteed his side a top two finish to send them back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Acle's maximum points haul at Saxlingham sent them 47 points clear of third-placed Swardeston A with 50 left to play for. Josh Wilson (67) and Geoff Handley (60) made half-centuries for Acle, before skipper Shaun Roberts (five for 47) secured his second successive five-wicket haul to complete a 113-run win.
Hales & Loddon dropped into the Division One relegation zone after their 72-run defeat at Swardeston A.
Saphie Herathge (70) and Jordan Taylor (54) top scored for the hosts, while Dale Reynolds (five for 44) and Rob Micklethwaite (four for 40) disrupted the Hales reply, in which Rob Anderson made 60.
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Norwich A boosted their survival hopes with a seven-wicket win at home to Topcroft.
Bradfield's Dave Yarham fired an unbeaten 107 and Ed Botwright added 53no in their winning draw at home to Mattishall.
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Fakenham reasserted their authority on the Premier Division with a 30-run win at the team they are set to displace as champions, Downham. Rudi Hillermann made 53 for Fakenham and followed up with three wickets as his side resumed normal service following a defeat and a losing draw.
Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers stumbled to a surprise seven-wicket defeat at Stow, who climbed out of the bottom two. James Coe made 57no for Stow.
Brooke replace Stow in the relegation zone after their seven-wicket defeat at Diss. Rob Tooke claimed six for 30 for Diss before steering them home with 35no, with Ben Spinks (45) and Simon Cooper (40) also contributing. Jeandre Jumat (42) was Brooke's top scorer.
Lowestoft's resurgence continued with a seven-wicket win at home to Vauxhall Mallards A. Tom Brice (four for 38) and Peter Sims (four for 11) were Lowestoft's star men.
North Runcton's Kieran Bunting destroyed Cromer to leave the seasiders rooted to the bottom of the table.
The teenager, who made his Norfolk debut last week, returned figures of six for 13 before Runcton completed a four-wicket win.
Dereham opened up a 27-point gap at the top of Division Two with two games remaining as they beat Fakenham A by two wickets.
Brian Whitwood (62) was Fakenham's top scorer and although Billy Yarham took four for 32, Dereham edged past their target.
Hethersett & Tas Valley's challenge faltered as they lost by 31 runs at home to Beccles.
Horsford A remain in contention following their 81-run win at Garboldisham, Matt Spenceley hitting 82.
Andrew McGeorge made 96 for relegation-threatened Saham Toney, but a one-wicket defeat at Hillington kept them in the drop zone. Matthew Taylor took five for 56 for Hillington.
Downham A cruised to a 96-run victory at relegated Sheringham.