Double delight for soaring Sprowston

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Sprowston completed the double over reigning champions Downham to move up into second place in the Premier Division.

After winning at Downham by 26 runs earlier in the season, Phil Glozier's side edged their way to a one-wicket win on their home ground on Saturday.

There were three wickets each for Pankog Biswas, Rob Purton and Will Hampson as Downham were dismissed cheaply. The small target proved problematic for Sprowston as Greg Tullett took five for 32 and PJ Cairns weighed in with three wickets, but Hampson's 18no ensured Sprowston won in the 41st over.

Fakenham maintained their 55-point lead at the top with an eight-wicket win over Stow.

Stephen Gray made 52no as Fakenham comfortably chased down a small target.


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Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers' three-wicket win at Brooke moved them up to third.

Joe Oakey top scored with 55 for the hosts and there were three wickets each for Ben Christensen and Scott Hayes, before Tom Williams (52) put Wanderers on the winning track.

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North Runcton enjoyed a six-wicket win at home to Lowestoft and Diss were seven-wicket winners at Cromer.

Lewis Denmark hit 94no, including 19 fours, to boost Bradenham's hopes of survival in Division One, as they beat fellow strugglers Norwich A by eight wickets.

Brett Stolworthy took three wickets for Bradenham and 14-year-old Will Dewing finished with two for 10 from six overs on his first team debut.

Leaders Old Buckenham claimed a winning draw at Topcroft. Andy Lawrence hit 51no for Bucks and although Robbie Austin took three for 16, they could not claim the final Topcroft wicket. Chris Hancock made 52 for the hosts.

Acle needed 61 for victory from 11.1 overs when rain ended their finely balanced contest against Swardeston A. Skipper Shaun Roberts took five for 55 in the Swardeston innings, with Mike Outar scoring 51. Rob Porter hit 74 for Acle before the weather intervened.

Dave Yarham returned sensational figures of five for nine as Bradfield bowled Saxlingham out for 95 and then won by five wickets.

Jay Eastoe-Smith made 54 as Mattishall won by two wickets at home to Hales & Loddon.

Mark Stewart hit 56 for the visitors and Steve Rowe (five for 40) just failed to prevent the hosts from reaching their target.

Division Two leaders Dereham held their nerve to seal a six-run win at Saham Toney, with Jake Anema taking four for 76. Perry Simms (four for 30) and Bruno Norman (64) were Saham's top performers.

Matthew Steward's 68no helped Hethersett & Tas Valley keep pace with Dereham as they beat Hillington by two wickets.

Horsford A had half-centuries from Matt Spenceley (73) and Will Bryan (54) as they beat bottom side Sheringham by 147 runs.

Garboldisham picked up a six-wicket win at Downham A, with Danny Cash firing 85 for the visitors and Ashley Corbett making 68 for the hosts.

Luke Findlay made 54 for Fakenham A, but they were restricted by Beccles' Ian Ruddock taking four for 31. Rob Porter (71no) then led Beccles to a seven-wicket win.

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