Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance: A grey day for relegated Bradenham
Bradenham were left to curse the weather yet again as their eighth abandoned match of the season condemned them to relegation from Division One.
Saturday's match at Bradfield was called off with the hosts on 163 for six (Dave Yarham 94), leaving Bradenham 14 points behind third from bottom Topcroft, who also saw their game at Mattishall rained off. Oliver Hubbard hit 64 for Mattishall.
Dereham took no chances and managed to confirm their survival by squeezing a one-wicket victory at Brooke.
Jake Anema took four for 24 as Brooke were bowled out cheaply, before John Habershon (four for 28) put the result back in the balance. But with the weather deteriorating, Dereham just managed to reach their target to ensure they did not have to worry about results elsewhere.
Norwich A picked up maximum points against title hopefuls Cromer, but it was not enough to prevent them joining Bradenham in Division Two next year.
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Chris Binnie hit 87 in a big total for Norwich, before Siyas Syath destroyed Cromer with figures of six for 33. Kristian Regis (five for 41) had been Cromer's most successful bowler and Richard Charlwood hit 55 as they lost by 85 runs.
Swardeston A's chances of claiming the Division One title were scuppered by the rain as their match at home to fellow challengers Horsford A was abandoned.
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A sizeable Swardeston total saw notable contributions from Jason Reynolds (66), Jordan Taylor (55) and Lewis Denmark (46) with Ben Watson returning figures of four for 75. Horsford A were more than 100 runs adrift with six wickets down and 11 overs remaining when rain stopped play, Dale Reynolds taking three for 26.
The destiny of the title – and the one promotion place – will be decided this Saturday when Horsford A host Cromer in the only remaining Division One match to be played.
In the Premier Division, Acle's relegation was confirmed after a six-wicket defeat to Stow in the only match to be completed.
Fakenham gained a point on Norwich and now stand four points behind the leaders after both teams had their matches abandoned around the halfway stage.
Ruan Du Plessis hit 91 for Lowestoft against Norwich.
Sprowston are not yet safe after their victory charge at home to Vauxhall Mallards A was halted by the weather.
Steve Goldsmith (55) and Brett Stolworthy (44no) were Mallards' top scorers in a 45-over contest. Chasing 189 for victory, Sprowston were 84 without loss from 12 overs when rain intervened, Rob Purton making 50no.
The matches at Downham and Diss were also not completed.
Beccles sealed the sole promotion place in Division Two despite being unable to complete their match at Swardeston B.
Richard Porter made 96 for Beccles and Swardeston captain Ben Hogg replied with 50 for the hosts before the match was called off.
At Saxlingham, the hosts lost by seven wickets to Saham Toney in a 35-over contest. Luke Newton hit 52no for the visitors.
The rain ruined a tense finish at Hethersett & Tas Valley, where the hosts were bowled out for 150, Daryl Godbold taking four for 42.
Melton also struggled in reply but had recovered to 140 for seven in the 44th over before play was abandoned.
Fakenham A's match against Downham A was called off before the first innings had been completed.
James Shepherd and Luke Rackham took four wickets each as Garboldisham remained on course to claim the one promotion place in Division Three.
The duo's efforts helped Garboldisham take maximum bowling points against Dersingham before the match was abandoned. Scott Thaxton made 53 for Dersingham.
Great Witchingham A play their game in hand on the leaders when they host Old Buckenham A today.
Chris Sparkes made 101no for Hardingham but that could not prevent them being relegated as their match against bottom side Sheringham was also washed away. Tom Sheridan hit 66no for Sheringham.
Sam Hales hit 83 for Sprowston A at Old Buckenham A in another abandoned game.
Only one match was completed in Division Four, as champions Bungay won by 109 runs against Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A, who are relegated.
Thetford have been promoted alongside Bungay.
Garboldisham A's four-wicket win at Norwich B confirmed them as Division Five champions. Andrew Whistler hit 83 for Garboldisham.
Rocklands were on course for victory at home to Brooke A when the weather intervened.
Steve Pearce (four for 42) and Richard Smith (four for 39) put Rocklands on top and Will Defoe (62) left them 48 runs from victory with seven wickets intact when the game was called off. Earlier, Jon Andrews (68) top scored for Brooke.
Thetford A made it a promotion double for the club as they won Division Six, despite seeing their final match, at Lowestoft A, cut short by the weather.
Alex Robinson hit 64 for Bradfield A as they were also promoted despite not finishing their game.
Diss A finished bottom of Division Six, but escape relegation as feeder league winners Bircham and Rollesby did not apply for promotion.
n Yesterday's NDI Insurance NACO Invitation Cup final between Old Buckenham and North Runcton was postponed following overnight rain.
The match will now be played on Sunday, September 9, with an earlier start time of 11am.