Goldsmith fashions shock
Steve Goldsmith produced a vintage display to give Vauxhall Mallards a surprise win over leaders Downham.The former Derbyshire and Norfolk all-rounder took seven for 15 to bowl Downham out for just 57, a total which Mallards overhauled for the loss of two wickets.
Steve Goldsmith produced a vintage display to give Vauxhall Mallards a surprise win over leaders Downham.
The former Derbyshire and Norfolk all-rounder took seven for 15 to bowl Downham out for just 57, a total which Mallards overhauled for the loss of two wickets.
Although Downham picked up only a solitary point, the defeat did their title chances little harm as the other games in the Premier Division all fell victim to the weather.
The only other match to make a start was at North Runcton, where Old Buckenham's Chris Howes took all five wickets to fall as the home side reached 119 for five before the weather intervened.
It was a brighter picture in Division One, where three games were completed and Lowestoft strengthened their grip on the top spot.
They enjoyed a winning draw at Diss, with Ryan De Coteau hitting 96 in Lowestoft's 231 for five.
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Diss could manage only 147 for eight in reply, Simon Cooper top scoring for them with 43.
With second-placed Norwich's fixture at Swardeston the only game in the division not to make a start, Lowestoft now lead the table by 44 points.
New Zealander James Mitchell was the key figure in Mattishall's low-scoring victory at Saxlingham.
Mitchell top scored with 56 in Mattishall's 120 all out, with Danny Williams taking three for 30. The overseas star then claimed four wickets to help bowl the hosts out for just 84.
In the basement battle between Saham Toney and Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway, the honours were shared in a closely-contested match.
Kirkley posted 165 for six, Michael Green hitting 56 and Saham came close to that, Simon Mower hitting 60 as they reached 156 for eight to claim a 90pc losing draw.
Sprowston made 118 for four at Stow before the weather forced the match to be abandoned.
There were no results in Division Two, although the match between Garboldisham and Dersingham was intriguingly poised when it was called off.
Dersingham had set a target of 175, Sandeep Dharajia making 71 and Toby Bodycombe taking four for 41. Danny Cash then hit 43 as Garboldisham got to 144 for five only for the match to be ended prematurely by the weather.
Bradfield stretched their lead at the top after picking up two bonus points at Hunstanton, the visitors making 143 for one before the rain came.
Only one finish was possible in Division Three, as Hillington beat Swaffham by four wickets.
Swaffham were all out for 131, with Colin Yates scoring 33 and Mark Jarvis taking four for 23, before the Alliance newcomers surpassed that total to move up to third in the table.
The only other game to start was at Downham A, where the hosts were on 165 for seven against Beccles A before the match was curtailed.