Fakenham’s maximum joy

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance: Fakenham maintained their winning start on their return to the Alliance Premier Division as they picked up maximum points at Stow.

Skipper Ben Harvey hit 95 in a commanding total for the visitors before South African Rudi Hillermann took four for 25 to complete a 110-run victory, despite Tom High's 57 for Stow.

Sprowston are also enjoying life in the top tier and they became the second team this season to inflict defeat on champions Downham.

Danny Palmer hit 75 for Sprowston and although Patrick Yates (81no) and Duncan Lanchester (53) hit back for the home side, they lost their final wicket with three balls remaining to suffer a 26-run defeat.

Cromer made it two wins from two as they handed a first defeat of the season to Diss. Richard Charlwood struck 56 for Cromer as they won by 54 runs, with Diss' Robbie Tooke bagging five for 45.

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Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers' Dan Jackson destroyed Brooke with figures of five for 25 as his side won by 115 runs. Brooke's Oli Stamp earlier took four for 50.

Alastair Price (85) guided North Runcton towards a two-wicket win at Lowestoft Town, after Keiran Bunting had taken five for 70 for the west Norfolk side. Mpho Sekhoto (112) scored his second successive century for Lowestoft.

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In Division One, Andy Lawrence produced a brilliant all-round performance as Old Buckenham claimed their second successive maximum points haul with a 126-run win at home to Saxlingham.

Lawrence, pictured, fired a quickfire 80 before demolishing Saxlingham with figures of five for 39.

Swardeston A's Dale Reynolds ripped through the Norwich A top order and finished with five for 54 as his side won by 89 runs.

It was a tale of two veteran bowlers at Hales, as Acle claimed a crushing 162-run victory.

Experienced seamer Steve Rowe claimed six for 39 for the hosts, but Tom Wilson (56) and Dave Huggins (82) steered Acle to a respectable score. Paul Newman then also rolled back the years, taking six for 19 as Hales & Loddon folded to 48 all out.

Mike Taylor fired 52 for Bradenham, but they were beaten by four wickets at home to Bradfield.

There was a first win of the season for Topcroft, as Greg Rostron (four for 62) and Chris Hancock (55) starred in their seven-wicket win at Mattishall.

Jake Anema's all-round display guided Dereham to their second successive win in Division Two, as they beat Beccles by 36 runs in a low-scoring match.

Richard Porter claimed five for 34 for Beccles, but Anema hit 64 and followed up with four for 35 to win the match for Dereham.

Garboldisham tied their match at Fakenham A as both sides scored 236.

Luke Findlay made 105no for Fakenham, who also had a fine bowling display from Lloyd Marshall (four for 38). Danny Cash (68) and Chris Wright (60) were Garboldisham's star performers.

Louis Bellchamber blasted 87 to guide Horsford A to a six-wicket win at Saham Toney.

Robbie Matthew's sensational figures of seven for 39 were not quite enough to seal victory for Hethersett & Tas Valley at Sheringham, as the hosts held on for a losing draw. Sheringham's Wesley Neave took four for 38.

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