EAPL: Robbie Austin bags hat-trick for Old Buckenham

Robbie Austin bagged a hat-trick as Old Buckenham beat North Runcton by five wickets in one of the few games to survive the weather on Saturday.

The leg spinner returned figures of four for 15 as Runcton were hustled out for just 76, with Tom Alexander picking up five for 31.

Bucks found batting much easier than the visitors and reached their target in the 20th over for the loss of Paul Donovan.

It was Fakenham's turn to be grateful for the rain on Saturday as their six-wicket win at home to Lowestoft moved them to within three points of leaders Norwich, who saw their game at Diss called off.

Norwich had gone 17 points clear last weekend when the roles were reversed and Fakenham's game was abandoned.

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Ben Harvey's side bowled first at Highfield Lawn and veteran seamer Ian Slegg claimed four for 30 as Lowestoft were restricted to 131 for seven, before Fakenham completed their win.

In the only Division One game to go ahead, it was unsurprisingly a day for bowlers as Dereham lost at home to Horsford A by 74 runs, with 20 wickets falling at a cost of just 218 runs.

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Dereham skipper and part-time bowler Duncan Hewitt took four for 24 in Horsford's 146 all out, but the hosts were then skittled out for 72, with Sulleman Ishaq (six for 24) doing the damage.

All three games in Division Two were wiped out, but three games went ahead in Division Three.

Dennis Rogers took four for 36 as Great Witchingham A won by six wickets at Sheringham.

Will Rogers (three for 13 from 12 overs) was also among the wickets, before Rob Gurney (69no) helped knock off the runs.

Old Buckenham A's Josh Lincoln (four for 28) helped bowl North Runcton A out for under 100, before Sam Mann hit 50 to secure a comfortable six-wicket win in the 24th over.

Dersingham bowled Swaffham out for just 69 to win by 89 runs.

Scott Thaxton's 42no boosted the Dersingham total, before Jack Southgate ripped out the Swaffham top order. Southgate finished with five for 10 from eight overs and Thaxton also collected three victims as Swaffham were dismissed in 36 overs.

In-form Thetford skipper Liam Conroy (62) added another half-century to his tally this season as his side claimed a winning draw at home to Great Melton A.

Garboldisham A extended their lead in Division Five to 37 points after crushing Mattishall A by 10 wickets.

Charles Wright took the role of destroyer-in-chief for Garboldisham as he claimed seven for 25 to help dismiss Mattishall A for 60 in the only Division Five game to go ahead.

Bradfield A took over at the top of Division Six following their nine-wicket triumph against Topcroft A.

Kevin Hemp took five for 11 as Topcroft registered the league's lowest score of the day – 59 all out.

Paul Daynes hit 55 as Old Catton secured a winning draw at home to Diss A.

Beccles A crushed Dereham A by 10 wickets.

Jamie McDowell returned figures of four for 23 as Dereham were bowled out cheaply, before Jonathan Puxley (58no) led Beccles to an easy win.

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