Morton blast puts Denver in the hunt

West Norfolk League: Only four points separate the top five teams in Division One after rain forced the top of the table clash between Snettisham and Bircham to be abandoned.

Sandringham, who were without a game, dropped from first to fifth, with Denver just above them after their 40-run win against Springwood. Paul Morton (94) and Ben Peach (37) opened the Denver innings with a century partnership and Mark Rolfe scored 64. Ben Rolfe took four for 34 in Springwood's reply with Paul Philpott scoring 59.

Batsmen were on top in Swanton Morley's 11-run victory against Terrington with Jonny Bidewell (62) and Stuart Whitney (56) scoring half-centuries for Morley, matched by Jason Young (62) and Adam Hodgson (56) for Terrington.

The Creakes forfeited their match against Hayley East Anglia amid controversy over some umpiring decisions.

In the top of the table Division Two clash, Northwold beat Narborough A by seven wickets.


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Trevor Farrow scored 51 and Charlie Collison made 50 for Narborough A, with Ashley Drohan taking four for 48 and Martin Wright scoring 50no for Northwold.

Downham B beat Castle Acre by 77 runs with Alan Thulbourne taking six for 30. Castle Acre's Elliott Whiting took four for 40.

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Mithun Sortur scored 56no and Sunil Anthrayose 45no in an unbeaten partnership of 112 to see Hospital through to a six-wicket victory against Gooderstone. Earlier Adam Chalkley scored 51 and Steve Carter 52 for Gooderstone.

In Division Three, Hockwold beat Hillington A by four-wickets. Daniel Fuller scored 51 and Shane Fisher took five for 25 for Hillington A. Hockwold's Roy Bland scored 74 and Michael Hammond 76 after Hammond had earlier taken five for 25.

Kevin Williamson took four for 30 but could not prevent Thornham losing by 10 runs after Holt opener Ciaran Chapman scored 50 and Peter Holmes took four for 24.

Mundford A beat Beeston by 10 wickets.

Castle Acre A captain Matty Elliott scored 72 and Ben Champion had impressive figures of 12-3-28-6, but they lost by two wickets to Fakenham B in Division Four.

Snettisham A's Michael Herbert produced figures of 12-5-13-6 to leave Dersingham A reeling at 47 for eight before heavy rain forced an early finish.

In a low scoring thriller, Necton's Rob Johnson took four for 19 and Swanton Morley A's David Powell claimed four for 36 as Morley sneaked home by four runs with 11 balls remaining.

In Division Five, Long Sutton A amassed an amazing 391 for six against Beeston with Phil Barnes scoring 146, Andy Wright 59 and Gary Barrett 52no. Gary Burton then took five for 19 as Beeston succumbed to a 352-run defeat.

Gavin Straffon-Lawrence scored 67 in Denver A's 83-run victory against Gooderstone A.

Heacham A's Jim Parker took five for 27 and Kevin Dix scored 60, before Richard Milbourne took five for 54 as Dereham B won by four runs with six balls remaining.

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