Foster’s Sprowston blast may be a record
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Sprowston believe Matt Foster may have set a new 50-overs Premier Division record while steering them to a 161-run demolition of North Runcton.
Foster followed up his previous week's 62 and 5-40 against Fakenham by hitting 23 boundaries, six of them sixes, in his 131-ball 171 as the league leaders reached 295-8.
His big-hitting dominated a fourth wicket partnership of 189 with Iain Murrell (55). He then took two wickets for 15 as North Runcton were dismissed for 134 in 37.4 overs, though here his efforts were bettered by Andy Hanby's 3-21. Probodha Senevirathne made 61 for Runcton.
Diss also had a Premier Division centurion with Simon Cooper hitting 107 in a total of 306-7 against Vauxhall Mallards A – ably supported by Rob Tooke (54) and Ben Spinks (53). But Mallards held out for a losing draw on 224-7 thanks largely to 65 from another in-form batsman, Steve Goldsmith.
Old Buckenham's Andy Lawrence followed his match-winning 63 against Downham the previous week by taking five for 21 in his team's six-wickets victory over Downham, who had Ed Landymore (67 off 92 balls, including four sixes) to thank for reaching 114.
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Two players narrowly missed their centuries at Ashmanhaugh & Barton, most frustrated being the home team's Tom Williams, who was 99 not out when their innings closed at 279-8. In response Cromer reached 221-8 with Malcolm Cloete reaching 95.
With Norwich not playing, Downham moved into second place with a four-wickets win at Fakenham.
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Swardeston A took advantage of a bad day for Brooke to move to the top of Division One with a three-wickets success against Topcroft.
James Goodfellow's 71 was the mainstay of the visitor's 156 all out and Ed Botwright (50) top-scored in the successful run chase.
Brooke's first defeat followed a collapse to 66 all out against Acle, who won by four wickets.
Joe Marczewski scored 105 in a losing cause as Dereham were all out for 204 chasing Horsford A's 224-8.
Rob Porter hit 82 in a 60-runs win for Beccles against Mattishall.
Great Melton are the new leaders of Division Two after thrashing Fakenham A by 107 runs. Richard Woods' unbeaten 91, backed by 55 from Marcus Godbold, helped Melton to 268-7 before Rob Sims (5-37) helped blast out Fakenham for 161.
Previous table-toppers Hethersett & Tas Valley had to settle for a draw at Swardeston B. That not only cost them top spot but allowed Garboldisham to slip past into second place with a three-wickets win at Saxlingham, whose Dave Adams scored an unbeaten 73 out of 194-9.
Sixteen-year-old Chris Sharp was unbeaten on 91 as Downham A won by four wickets against Bradenham, whose Mike Taylor made 79 out of 216-9 having lost his opening partner when skipper Kevin Stagles was forced to retire with a migraine with the score on 79-0. Norwich beat Saham Toney with Russell Emmanuel (93 not) and Lewis Sexton (5-51) their star performers.
Gt Witchingham's lead at the top of Division Three was cut to two points as they were held by Acle A despite a round century from Jeff Page and 77 from Troy Allen in a total of 249-4. Acle held out on 163-7. Thetford closed the gap by beating Swaffham by four wickets. The two swapped positions in Division Four after Hardingham thrashed Sheringham by eight wickets having bowled them out for 92.
There was a hat-trick for Tom Donnelly (5-29) in Division Six, where Peter Hills (80) and Jamie Hunt (71) also made big contributions to Bradenham's 189 destruction of Bradfield A.