Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Alliance round-up: Downham Town are moving in the right direction

North Elmham opener James White demonstrates his ability with the bat. Picture: MIKE WYATT

North Elmham opener James White demonstrates his ability with the bat. Picture: MIKE WYATT - Credit: Archant

Downham Town appear to be finding their feet after making a wretched start to their Premier Division campaign.

A team used to regularly challenging for honours found themselves at the foot of the table back in May after losing their opening four matches but have now won three out of four to move up to fifth.

Their latest success came at Diss on a rain-affected day when three matches were called off as a result of heavy overnight rain and morning drizzle.

While pacesetters Sprowston and Brooke were left clicking their heels Downham made up some more ground by scoring at almost seven an over to reach an impressive 242-4 in a match reduced to 35 overs per side.

Patrick Yates led the way with 103, while Nick Kelly also made the home bowlers suffer by smashing a swift half-century.

Diss never got anywhere near their total, finishing on 159-9, an innings that featured a half century from Chris Cooper and a hat-trick from Addam Todd.

The only other top-flight game to go ahead saw Garboldisham maintain their impressive start to the season by seeing off North Runcton by 23 runs.

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Newly promoted from Division One, the villagers moved up to fourth in the table after successfully defending a modest total of 157 (Dan Constable 50), with Alex Hogg returning the remarkable figures of 3-4 in 10 overs.

Horsford A went marching on at the top of Division One as they saw off bottom side Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers while fellow high-flyers Acle were being beaten.

Nathan Perry-Warnes made 72 in a total of 196-7 and that proved to be more than enough as Wanderers succumbed for 128, with Caleb Futter taking 5-36. Hendro Puchert (44) and Cameron Marrable (4-28) shone in a losing cause.

Acle did well to restrict an improving Dereham team to 165-9 but were then skittled out for just 102.

There was a thrilling finish at the Denes Oval as Lowestoft got home by one run against Mattishall to go second in the table, 10 points behind Horsford.

Skipper Will Brice led from the front with 62 as Town reached 176-6 and there was then a nail-biting conclusion, with the visitors being dismissed for 175.

Aaron Garner had earlier taken 5-27 for Mattishall.

There was another exciting finish as Stow beat Thetford, although this one wasn't quite as close. Stow got past their target of 179 with three wickets in hand, with Keith Thompson unbeaten on 63 and Lloyd Richmond (4-37) and Thetford's Craig Baulch (58) the other players to catch the eye.

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