Gilmour makes unbeaten 257 to set new Alliance record

Garboldisham players celebrate the wicket of Fakenham's Harry Blackiston during Saturday's Norfolk A

Garboldisham players celebrate the wicket of Fakenham's Harry Blackiston during Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division match. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Hockwold opener Joel Gilmour rewrote the Norfolk Alliance record books on Saturday with an innings to remember.

The wicket-keeper batsman powered his way to a brilliant unbeaten 257 in the Division Five encounter against Great Melton A to help his side post a eye-catching total of 371-1 in their 45 overs.

Gilmour dominated partnerships of 230 with Anthony Riddick (48) and an unbeaten 130 with Carl Smith (35) as he despatched the visiting attack to all corners of the ground.

With 23 fours and 16 sixes almost 200 of his runs came in boundaries and by the time he had finished he had overhauled the previous record of 240 set by Happisburgh opener Ryan Sturgess in Division Six last season.

Not surprisingly the visitors were never in it when they came to reply, being dismissed for 151 in the 40th over.

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It was a better day for Great Melton's first team as they maintained their 100 percent record in Division Three by claiming a comfortable eight wicket win over Swardeston B.

Openers Matt Hogg (41) and Ben Champman (31) had given Swardeston a solid start but once they were out there was precious little resistance as the visitors were dismissed for just 97 (Aaron Garner 4-15). Opener Jason Whiddett was undefeated on 47 as the leaders got home with over 20 overs to spare.

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Topcroft won an exciting match against morning leaders Beccles by 13 runs to take over at the top of Division Two. Harry Windridge's unbeaten 107 helped Topcroft to reach 196-3 and it proved just a little too much for their near neighbours, who lost for the first time this season after being dismissed for 183 (Alex Wright 59).

Hethersett and Tas Valley are third after beating Brooke A by 34 runs while Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers are a further five points adrift following a tense 18-run win over Swaffham that saw good individual displays from Joe Everett (64) and George Angier (4-28).

Division Six newcomers Denver made it five wins out of five by beating Thetford A (176-6) by seven wickets, with Paul Morton scoring an unbeaten 100. Horsford B remain top following a 122-run win over Dereham A (Jack Robertson 105).

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