Downham take over at the top as leaders Cromer have a nightmare
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Downham Town took over at the top of the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance as morning leaders Cromer endured a nightmare afternoon at Old Buckenham.
Cromer's excellent start to the season came to a grinding halt when they were dismissed for just 60 by the Bucks, who then went on to win by 10 wickets.
That opened the door for Downham and after more than a few scares they eventually took full advantage of their rivals' slip by making it four wins out of five.
Town made 237-8 off their 50 overs, skipper Patrick Yates top scoring with an unbeaten 58, and then edged home by three runs as opponents Garboldisham finished on 234-9.
Cromer dropped down to fourth as a result of their drubbing, which saw them slip from 53-2 to 60 all out as South African seamer Nick Pentz weighed in with the impressive figures of 6-13.
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Old Buckenham moved up to joint second as a result, alongside defending champions Brooke who saw off Horsford A by 61 runs at Manor Park to register a second win on the trot.
The visitors battled well to reach 247-9, with Matt Collinge making an unbeaten 78 and last week's centurion Gary Chirimuuta 55.
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A fourth-wicket stand of 79 between Matthew Wilkinson and Will Bryan gave Horsford hope but with Dan Vihm taking 5-37 they eventually fell well short of their target.
The highest scorers of the day in the top flight were North Runcton, with Dean Robinson making a superb unbeaten 143 and Ben Coote 89 in an imposing total of 307-5 against Sprowston.
It was pretty much one-way traffic after that, with the home side being bowled out for 176, despite a battling unbeaten half century from Tom Rose.
Fakenham could only get up to 187 against Acle but that proved to be more than enough as their hosts were bowled out for just 63,
There has also been a change at the top of Division One following a first defeat of the season for new boys Bradfield.
They went down by 107 runs when chasing Dereham's 228-9 (Joe Marczewski 53 not out) and that let in Thetford who overhauled Norwich A's 201 for the loss of six wickets, with Ryan Conroy finishing unbeaten on 98. Mark Tipping had earlier made 67.