Downham within touching distance

Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance: Downham Town are nine points away from sealing their first ever Premier Division title after a seven-wicket win at Old Buckenham.

Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance: Downham Town are nine points away from sealing their first ever Premier Division title after a seven-wicket win at Old Buckenham.

The hosts were bowled out for 114 and Downham made no mistake chasing down that small target. They will now be looking to wrap the title up at home on Saturday against Vauxhall Mallards.

Norwich & Coltishall took a giant leap towards securing second place as they beat third-placed North Runcton - and then took a small step back as they were deducted two points for a slow over rate.

Wanderers posted an impressive 256 for six before bowling Runcton out for 100 to win by 156 runs and move 26 points clear of Cromer, who beat bottom club Brooke by 30 runs.


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Cromer registered a massive 316 for nine declared, with Reino Arendse blasting 189 and Michael Warnes hitting 48. Amid the carnage, Andy Franks took three for 47.

Brooke then made a brave effort in their reply, reaching 286 before being dismissed. John Reynolds hit 102, while Ali Shearer scored 55 and Stuart Pritty made 49. Warnes took four for 80 for Cromer.

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Elsewhere, Acle's incredible revival gathered pace with a four-wicket win at Topcroft and whereas a few weeks ago survival seemed an impossible dream, it is now a distinct possibility.

Geoffrey Toyana hit 94 and Rob Warburton made 74 in Topcroft's 222 all out, but that was not enough as Rob Porter fired a century to see Acle to victory.

Beccles are now looking anxiously over their shoulders as their 84-run defeat at home to Vauxhall Mallards leaves them just six points above Acle, who they play next week.

Division One leaders Lowestoft put the champagne back on ice as their defeat at Swardeston left them still needing another eight points to be sure of the title.

Richard Dolding's four for 45 restricted Lowestoft to 175 for six, Steven Powley top scoring with 47. Nick Foster (64) and Darin Goodrum (62) led Swardeston to an eight-wicket win and they are now the only side with a mathematical chance of catching Lowestoft.

Mattishall slipped to fourth after their six-wicket loss at Stow. Neil Lockwood made 91 in Mattishall's 216 for seven, but Marc Cutworth (65) and Tom Burnett (80) saw Stow to a victory which has lifted them out of the relegation zone.

They are replaced in the bottom two by Saham Toney, despite their 10-wicket rout of Saxlingham. Saham bowled the hosts out for 69 as Simon Pitkethly claimed six for 39 and Cameron Rope then made an unbeaten 40 for the visitors.

Diss piled on the runs to claim a winning draw at home to Sprowston and they are now third in the table.

James Worby (114) and Simon Cooper (67) helped Diss amass an imposing 317 for six before Sprowston were restricted to 169 for seven, Tim Hales making 54.

Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway staved off relegation for at least another week as they claimed a winning draw at Norwich.

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