Five-star Slegg keeps Fakenham on top

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Ian Slegg took five for 47 as Fakenham put a significant dent in Downham's chances of claiming a fifth successive Premier Division title.

The former Norfolk seamer, pictured, sent Downham spinning to a 72-run defeat – their third loss of the season – as Fakenham maintained their 100pc start to the campaign.

Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers moved up to second after beating Stow by seven wickets.

Nigel Young took five for 13 as Stow were dismissed cheaply, despite opener Will Denny making 56. Wanderers opener Will Stebbings hit 50 from 27 balls as his side took just 16 overs to complete victory.

Cromer suffered their third successive defeat as they lost at home to North Runcton by nine wickets having been bowled out for 82, Darren Cubitt taking five for 29.


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Brooke were also dismissed for less than 100 in their nine-wicket defeat at home to Diss.

Rob Panter made 41 for the hosts, but David Tooke (four for seven) and Rob Tooke (three for 20) left Brooke in tatters, before Diss wrapped up an easy win.

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Steve Goldsmith's 122 allowed Vauxhall Mallards A to claim a winning draw at home to Lowestoft, who had half-centuries from Josh McAvoy (78) and Billy Brice (51no).

Acle destroyed Bradfield by 144 runs in the battle of the morning's top two in Division One.

Adam Munford fired 107 and Geoff Handley added 56 for Acle.

Old Buckenham's three-wicket win at Mattishall lifted them back up to second.

Tom Alexander claimed five for 38 and although Bucks lost seven wickets on the way to victory, Andy Lawrence's 52 proved decisive.

Close finishes have been commonplace for Bradenham this season, but on Saturday it was more clear cut as they crumbled to a nine-wicket defeat at home to Hales & Loddon. Matthew Lovick took four for 35 for the visitors.

There was, however, an exciting finale at Topcroft, where the hosts won by two wickets off the last ball of the match against Swardeston A.

Michael Outar hit 60 for Swardeston, before James Goodfellow (69) and Chris Hancock (55) put Topcroft on course, despite Robert Micklethwaite taking four for 67.

Norwich A won by six wickets at Saxlingham.

Dereham retained top spot in Division Two with a convincing 92-run win at fellow challengers Downham.

David Lake made 54 and Phil Milbourne added 49no for Dereham, while Downham's Dave Grady took four for 88.

Hethersett & Tas Valley also picked up maximum points with a 116-run win against Garboldisham.

Jack Peart took six for 55 but that could not prevent Tas registering a competitive total, with Matthew Ellis making 58. Peter Walmsley then claimed four for 46 as Garboldisham folded in reply.

Horsford A remain in contention at the top after beating Fakenham A by seven wickets.

Ryan Moore (61) and Matt Spenceley (72no) led Horsford to victory.

Sheringham sunk to the bottom of the table after another heavy defeat, by nine wickets at Saham Toney.

There was an incredible finish at Beccles, where both the hosts and Hillington were bowled out for 166.

Ian Ruddock hit 53 for Beccles and their bowling star was Alex Wright (five for 44), while Hillington's Aaron Jarvis took five for 51.

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