Fakenham shrug off rivals
Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Premier, One & Two: The clash of the top two in the Premier Division proved to be no contest as Fakenham shrugged aside Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers with an eight-wicket win.
Ian Slegg took four for 20 as Wanderers were bowled out for less than 100 and Fakenham went on to comfortably maintain their run of winning every completed match this season.
Downham rose to second – their highest position yet this season – with a 97-run win at home to Diss.
Patrick Yates top scored for the hosts with 88no and PJ Cairns wrecked the Diss reply, taking four for 18.
Sprowston stayed in the hunt with an eight-wicket win at home to Lowestoft.
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Mpho Sekhoto made 55 for Lowestoft, but Simon Chipperfield took three wickets to bowl them out cheaply. Jon Leverett (62) saw Sprowston home with few alarms.
Vauxhall Mallards A beat Brooke by 58 runs at Brundall.
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Steve Goldsmith fired 17 fours in his 96 and Ollie Stone added 75 for Mallards, before Adam Todd took five for 47 to wrap up their win. Rob Panter (76) and Jeandre Jumat (62) made half-centuries for Brooke.
Kieran Bunting's five for 31 put North Runcton on course for victory against Stow, but rain intervened and they were left 34 runs short of victory with seven wickets intact.
Shock of the day came in Division One at Saxlingham, as the bottom of the table hosts beat leaders Old Buckenham by 40 runs, Ben Cudden taking four for 21.
Second-placed Acle could not take advantage, as they lost by one wicket at home to Hales & Loddon.
Peter Nobbs made 65no for Acle, but Hales edged their way to an exciting victory.
Norwich A won at home to Swardeston A by four wickets.
Tom Booth took four for 53 for Norwich and although Swardeston's Jason Reynolds responded with figures of three for 31, Dexter Smith's 84 for the hosts proved crucial.
A dramatic finish at Topcroft saw the hosts defeated by 18 runs against Mattishall with one ball remaining.
Cameron Brown (51) and Gordon Chetwood (65no) made half-centuries in Mattishall's big total, before Chris Hancock (68) helped put Topcroft within sight of a 90pc losing draw. But in the final over, Danny Weber trapped Rob Marshall lbw to finish with figures of four for 48.
Bradenham slipped into the bottom two after a four-wicket defeat at Bradfield.
Brett Stolworthy made 52 in a competitive total for the visitors, but David Register (82) and Steven Bidewell (69) saw Bradfield home.
Division Two leaders Dereham won again after bowling Beccles out for 68, with Max Cheetham taking five for 15. Dereham went on to win by six wickets.
Hethersett & Tas Valley, in second, eased to an eight-wicket win over bottom side Sheringham, as Robbie Matthews (64no) and Matthew Ellis (51) scored the majority of their runs.
Jamie Heyburn (81) helped Horsford A clinch a five-wicket win over Saham Toney at Manor Park, after Chris Browne had taken four for 43 for the hosts.
Hillington's Ashley Jarvis claimed four for 31 but it was not enough to secure outright victory as Downham A held on for a losing draw.
Luke Findlay (73) and Brian Whitwood (54) top scored in Fakenham A's winning draw at Garboldisham.