Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance: Norwich get helping hand from the weather

Norwich moved further clear in the Premier Division title race as rain again hampered Fakenham's chances.

While Chris Borrett's leaders were completing a four-wicket triumph over bottom side Acle, Fakenham's pursuit of victory against Old Buckenham was cut short by the weather – sending Norwich 28 points clear.

Norwich seamers Aaron Watson and Paul Wiseman each took three wickets as Acle were bowled out for 131 at Ingham. The hosts appeared to be cruising at 92 for three, before the departure of Borrett for 38 sparked a minor collapse. It needed an assured 52no from Australian Nathan Shearer to seal victory for Norwich in the 37th over.

Fakenham were 20 for one chasing Old Buckenham's 160 when their match was abandoned.

North Runcton's Kieran Bunting took six for 14 as Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers were bowled out for 44, but rain denied Runcton the chance to complete victory.


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Experienced duo Steve Goldsmith (146no) and Peter Free (56) helped Vauxhall Mallards A to a big total against Stow at Brundall, Luandre Van Wyk taking four for 94 for the visitors, who then batted out for a losing draw.

Chris Cooper's figures of four for 17 for Diss helped bowl Lowestoft out cheaply, but rain saw the match abandoned at the halfway stage.

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In Division One, Cromer went back to the top of the table with a tense two-wicket win at local rivals and fellow challengers Bradfield. Sam Baxter took four for 34 for Cromer before Dean Elliott fired 65 in the successful run chase.

Ed Sturman and Richard Timm both hit 50 for Brooke in a winning draw at Horsford A. Ben Watson took four for 44 for the hosts, who recovered from 56 for six to salvage a draw thanks to a seventh wicket partnership of 78 between Billy Minns (40) and Richard Gilliat (37no).

Division Two leaders Beccles lost by 17 runs at home to fellow challengers Hethersett & Tas Valley, who moved into second.

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