New hope for Bradenham

Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance: There is a chink of light for Bradenham in their pursuit of the Division Two title after they gained six points on leaders Bradfield at the weekend.

There is a chink of light for Bradenham in their pursuit of the Division Two title after they gained six points on leaders Bradfield at the weekend.

Bradenham's seven-wicket win at Horsford leaves them seven points behind Bradfield, who were restricted to a 90pc winning draw by lowly Hunstanton.

Australian Julian Stephenson again starred with the bat for Bradenham, hitting 65 as they comfortably chased down Horsford's 129 for seven.

Another impressive Bradfield batting display saw them rack up 249 for six, Dave Yarham hitting 123 and Peter Abbs making 75.

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But Hunstanton hit back with an unbeaten 132 from overseas player Mo Faiz as they reached 227 for four in reply.

Dereham are still in the hunt to finish second after their 10-wicket demolition of Swardeston A.

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Tom Head took four for 18 and Gary Starling three for 36 to help bowl Swardeston out for 115 and skipper Duncan Hewitt single-handedly led Dereham to victory with an unbeaten 101.

Rain brought an early end to relegation-threatened Garboldisham's game at Dersingham, where the home side were well on course for victory when the downpour arrived.

And North Runcton A's game at home to Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A also came to an abrupt end, with Runcton on 63 for three chasing 169 for victory.

The Division Three title race is now even tighter after Sheringham gained two points on leaders Mundford.

Sheringham cruised to a seven-wicket win and 23 points against Ashmanhaugh, while Mundford took 21 points from the same result in a lower scoring match at home to Fakenham.

Matt Allsop took six for 20 and Dave Grady three for 25 as Fakenham were bowled out for 97 and Patrick Yates hit 37 to guide Mundford towards their target and keep them two points ahead of Sheringham.

Norwich A and Beccles both had their relegation confirmed after Saturday's results.

Phil King took four for four as East Harling bowled Norwich out for just 32 and then strolled to a nine-wicket win.

And Beccles fell just short of overhauling Downham A's 215 for eight, finishing on 211 for seven.

Swaffham beat Hillington by five wickets, but know they are not yet safe from relegation. If Fakenham drop down from the EAPL and are not replaced by an Alliance side, a third team will go down from Division Three.

Hillington posted 197 for six on Saturday, Shaun Fisher blasting 70, but Richard Greenhalf's 62 led Swaffham to victory.

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