Fakenham on brink of title

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, 1 & 2: Fakenham could be celebrating the title at Cromer this weekend after a crushing maximum points win against North Runcton on Saturday.

Stephen Gray hit 51 and teenager Will Dunger took four for 19 as Fakenham won by a massive 172-run margin at Highfield Lawn. Sprowston kept pace by also claiming maximum points, but if Fakenham collect three more points than the second-placed side this Saturday, they will be champions.

Danny Palmer made 82 for Sprowston as they won by two wickets despite a spirited display from relegation-threatened Cromer. Chris Carey (88) and Ben Clarke (51) were Cromer's star performers.

Brooke moved out of the bottom two with a 90pc losing draw at home to Lowestoft.

Jonathan Wills took three for 38 for Brooke, before John Habershon (57no) guided them past 90pc of their target for a greater share of the points. Lowestoft's Tom Brice claimed four for 47.


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It was a similar outcome at Brundall, as Vauxhall Mallards A made a good attempt at chasing down a large Downham total.

Ian Harrison made 60 for the visitors, with Mallards' South African Glen Addicott taking five for 54, before Steve Goldmsith (83) helped the hosts get close to their target.

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Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers slid further down the table with their third consecutive defeat, a 120-run loss at home to Diss.

Acle secured an immediate return to the top flight as they won by five wickets at Bradenham.

The destination of the Division One title will go down to the final day, with Acle five points behind leaders Old Buckenham, who won by six wickets at home to Swardeston B. James Heaney made 51 for Bucks, who were already promoted.

Hales & Loddon and Saxlingham still both have a chance of avoiding relegation despite defeats on Saturday.

Phil Squire hit 105 for Hales but it could not prevent an eight-wicket defeat against Bradfield, who had a big partnership between Dave Register (102no) and Dave Yarham (79no).

Topcroft posted a massive 346 for five against Saxlingham, with James Goodfellow (80) and Chris Hancock (75) top scoring. Dave Adams made 91no in the Saxlingham reply but could not prevent a 63-run defeat.

Cameron Brown made 50 and Dan Weber took four for 57 in Mattishall's 27-run win against Norwich A.

Dereham clinched promotion from Division Two despite managing just a losing draw at home to Hillington.

But they will have to win at Garboldisham this weekend to secure the title, after third-placed Horsford A beat Hethersett & Tas Valley, in second, by five wickets. Eddie Weber took four for 18 for Horsford – who have a game in hand on the leaders – with Will Bryan making 62no, while Matthew Ellis hit 65 for Tas.

Saham Toney clung onto their Division Two status as they restricted fellow strugglers Garboldisham to a 90pc losing draw. Half-centuries from Adie Wood (50), Simon Mower (54) and Will Dyer (55no) allowed Saham to post a commanding score, despite Alex Hogg taking four for 56.

Neil Gromett fired 51no as Downham A beat Beccles by five wickets and Fakenham A gained a winning draw at relegated Sheringham.

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