Lanchester takes Downham to summit

Downham Town steamrollered Cromer on Saturday to go top of what promises to be a highly competitive Premier Division.Batting first, Downham were 233 all out, with Duncan Lanchester hitting his second consecutive league half-century.

Downham Town steamrollered Cromer on Saturday to go top of what promises to be a highly competitive Premier Division.

Batting first, Downham were 233 all out, with Duncan Lanchester hitting his second consecutive league half-century. In reply, Cromer were skittled for just 135.

Hot on their heels are North Runcton, who picked up their third victory of the season with a hard fought win at Beccles.

Overseas star Richard Holm top scored with an innings of 56 in Beccles' total of 153 for nine, with Runcton's own overseas player, Harry Rinke, claiming three for 26. Runcton reached their target for the loss of six wickets.


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Mohammad Wasim again dominated with the bat in Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers' 30-run win at Acle. The Pakistan international made 83 of his side's 188 for eight, before Acle were dismissed for 158.

Old Buckenham, who were on the wrong end of a nailbiting finish on the opening day, this time got it right in a thrilling climax at Vauxhall Mallards. Chasing Mallards 183 for nine, Buckenham got home with one wicket to spare, Simon Mann making 62.

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Topcroft made light work of their victory target of 192 against Brooke, losing just three wickets on the way to a convincing win.

In Division One, Norwich are leading the way after they piled on the misery for bottom club Saham Toney with a six-wicket win.

But the best game of the day was at Mattishall, where the hosts made 226 for six, with New Zealander James Mitchell following up his Carter Cup century by striking 74. Peter Sims made 77 in the Lowestoft response and they just managed to reach a 90pc losing draw, finishing on 206 for 9.

There was a similar outcome at Stow, who made 134 for eight chasing Diss' 142 all out. Ben Green top scored for Diss with 36, while Stow's David Brassett took four wickets. Justin Sargeant (35) was Stow's main run-getter.

Sprowston demolished Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway, bowling them out for 90 before winning by seven wickets. Sprowston's Geoff Roff starred with bat and ball, taking five for nine and hitting 45.

Top batsman of the day was Saxlingham's David Lacey. He fired 96 in his team's 210 for eight against Swardeston, who reached 182 for nine in reply.

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