Leaders Downham see their unbeaten record fall to Fakenham

Ben Harvey in imperious form as he lays the groundwork for Fakenham’'s excellent victory over leaders Downham Town Picture: Mike Wyatt

Ben Harvey in imperious form as he lays the groundwork for Fakenham’'s excellent victory over leaders Downham Town Picture: Mike Wyatt

Mike Wyatt ABIPP

Fakenham moved into second spot after an outstanding victory over previously unbeaten leaders Downham Town.

Fakenham got off to a great start, reaching 40 from the first 10 overs.

Luke Caswell (42) and Ben Harvey (43) played a major role as Fakenham moved to 159-4 off 40 overs, before Will Dunger, with 36 off 27 deliveries, John Ewart (16) and Lloyd Marshall (14), guided them to decent total of 233-8. Nathan Green was the pick of the Downham bowlers with 5-46.

Downham needed a good start but after one delivery the task was already more difficult as Caswell trapped Harrison lbw. Alex Stuart was run out and Downham were reeling at 11-2. At 56-5 off 20 overs it was still an uphill task. Fakenham kept a tight rein on the scoring rate as Downham edged to 100-5 with 20 overs in hand. Yin Lo then provided the breakthrough to reinvigorate Fakenham, and, aided by Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (3-10), Fakenham took wickets at regular intervals to eventually bowl out their opponents for 172. Coyle (4-32) and Monahan-Fairlie were the main benefactors.

North Runcton slipped to third, after going down by 12 runs against Garboldisham.

Stow enjoyed a five-wicket win at Old Buckenham, who elected to bat and made 217, with opener Matthew Bint top-scoring with 48. Pete Brassett helped himself to four wickets for 21, with Otto Esse taking 3-63. Stow opener Amit Dhadwal top-scored with 88, but there were notable contributions from Tom High (35) and George Cook (32) as the visitors surpassed the total after 35 overs for the loss of five wickets.

Bottom side Acle lost by eight wickets at home to Brooke. Acle made 179-9 after being put in, with Toby Adams scoring 47 not out, and Dan Vihm and Tino Mutombodzi taking three wickets apiece.

Brooke lost just two wickets in reply, their innings bolstered by an unbroken third-wicket stand of 139 between Sam Clabburn (96 not out) and Flynn Drinkell (67 not out).

Cromer’s game against Diss was a low-scoring affair. Diss made 147 all out, with opener Mark Williamson and Lewis Taylor each scoring 28. James Craske (3-40) and Rob Purton (3-28) were the pick of the bowlers. Cromer’s Frankie Sutton was caught for 20, before Matthew Warnes (44 not out) and Nat Laws (70 not out) wrapped up a comfortable eight-wicket win.

Simon Mower hit 123no to help Saham Toney to victory over Norfolk Alliance Division Two leaders Swaffham.

Swaffham were put into bat after losing the toss and put on 213-8 with Mark Eagle top scoring for the visitors with 74. But it wasn’t enough for the table-toppers, who suffered their second defeat of the season, as Mower piled on the runs for the hosts, who reached their target in 43.1 overs with five wickets to spare.

Martham (287-8) were able to close the gap on Swaffham at the top with a fine victory over Downham Town A 246. John Allen (74) starred with the bat whilst Archie Smith also hit a half century.

Mark Tipping was on top form, scoring 106no for Norwich A (227-2) in their win over Great Melton (223-8). Chris Borrett also chipped in with 78.

James Wilby’s 106no helped Division Three leaders Garboldisham A (197-2) chase down Winterton’s target of 196 whilst Luke Rackham also hit a half century.

Alex Bates (4-21) helped Bradenham (197) move up to second place in the table after their win at home against Old Buckenham A (164-7).

Hockwold (308-3) maintained the pressure at the top of Division Four, seeing off the challenge of Snettisham (270). Euan Gilmour (114) and Joel Gilmour (84) were the top performers with the bat whilst Anthony Ruddick (4-56) and Simon Groom (4-40) did the damage with the ball.

The performance of the day though came from Chris Sparkes as his 150no saw Hardingham (263-5) stay in touch with the leaders as they saw off Sprowston A (228-6).

Cromer A (170-2) stayed on course for promotion from Division Five as they won away at Mundford (169-7. Carl Allen (68no) and Oli Kimber (60no) were in fine form for the leaders.

Denver stayed in touch at the top with a walkover against Mattishall.

Craig Thaxton hit 77no as Sandringham (132-2) eased to victory over Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers (129) in Division Six.

Stewart Allen was the top batsman of the day in the division though but his 114no for Dereham A (219-2) couldn’t stop his side slipping to defeat against Diss (239-5).

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