Dewan ton hands Brooke crucial victory
Phil BanyardFrankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Rahul Dewan's unbeaten century handed Brooke their first win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Old Buckenham.Dewan fired 114no as Brooke beat the bottom club by eight wickets, leaving Bucks 27 points adrift.Phil Banyard
Rahul Dewan's unbeaten century handed Brooke their first win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Old Buckenham.
Dewan fired 114no as Brooke beat the bottom club by eight wickets, leaving Bucks 27 points adrift. Earlier Tom Banham had hit 51 for Buckenham, with Brooke's Stuart Pritty taking four for 36.
At the other end of the table, a second-wicket stand of 253 between Alex Stuart (160) and Patrick Yates (114no) put Downham on the way to a winning draw against Vauxhall Mallards A.
Stuart blasted nine sixes and 17 fours while Yates hit a six and 16 fours. Joss Stuart took three wickets for Downham but Mallards held out for a losing draw.
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That result stretched Downham's lead to 43 points after North Runcton lost at home to Lowestoft by 143 runs.
Mpho Sekhoto's 128 proved the difference between the sides as Lowestoft collected maximum points.
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Cromer moved up to second with a 91-run win at home to Acle.
Michael Warnes made 56 for the hosts before Richard Charlwood (four for 23) and Dean Elliot (four for 30) left Acle reeling.
Diss won by 57 runs at Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.
In Division One, Sam Thelwell stepped down from Swardeston's first team to help the second XI crush Norwich A by 156 runs.
Thelwell took six for 46 after Sapumal Herathge (72) had batted Swardeston A into a commanding position, helped by a seventh wicket stand of 57 between veteran Peter Thomas (45) and 12-year-old Callum Taylor (40no).
Sprowston maintained a healthy lead at the top with a 60-run win at Bradenham.
Phil Squire (60) and Dan Anderson (61) helped Hales move up to third with an 84-run triumph against Bradfield.
Sheringham won by 45 runs at Stow and Topcroft picked up a seven-wicket victory at bottom side Beccles.
Division Three leaders Mattishall were given a scare chasing a low total at Swardeston B as Matt Hogg and Kevin Cooper took three wickets each, before the visitors scraped to a two-wicket win.
That extended their lead to 18 points after second-placed Downham A fell just short of victory at Fakenham A.
Keegan De Ridder hit 97no for Fakenham and although Warren Bowman replied with 59 for Downham, they finished four runs short of victory and had to settle for a 90pc losing draw.
Dereham gained their second successive win as Tom Head dismantled Saxlingham with figures of six for 43.
Hillington collected a winning draw at Saham Toney to move above their hosts into third. Anthony Dobing hit 65 for the visitors, with Saham's Ben Smart taking four for 57.
Peter Coote's 65no for North Runcton A could not stop the bottom side falling to a five-wicket defeat at Garboldisham.