Norfolk Alliance Division Four pacesetters Garboldisham A and Bircham win again

Alex Johnson bowling for Norwich A during their win over Bradfield in Norfolk Alliance Division One.

Alex Johnson bowling for Norwich A during their win over Bradfield in Norfolk Alliance Division One. Picture : Antony Kelly - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Garboldisham A and Bircham are continuing to set a hot pace in Division Four, with both teams winning again on Saturday.

Leaders Garboldisham came through a tough fixture at third-placed Sheringham with a hard-fought 23-run success after being restricted to 174.

The Lobsters made a spirited reply, but it was the visitors who took the spoils after Rory Olpin had weighed in with figures of 4-11.

Bircham didn't have to work so hard for their victory over Mundford after getting all the way up to 313-5 in their 45 overs, with Shaun Fisher making 128. Liam Crompton then took 5-33 as Mundford were bowled out for 170 (Robin Yates 52).

Beccles moved back to the top of Division Two as they beat Downham A in a low scoring game while Topcroft were losing to fellow promotion chasers Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers.

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The in-form Alex Wright took 5-22 and Matt Lowe 3-25 to bowl out Downham for just 102, but the visitors then lost six wickets themselves before clinching the victory.

The runs flowed far more freely at Barton Turf, with Topcroft making 230-9 and Wanderers replying with 234-4.

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Jordan Everett (86) and Shishir Bhatia (76) laid the foundations for the win with an opening partnership of 132 while Ben Baldwin had earlier contributed 70 for the visitors.

Wanderers are now just 12 points adrift of the promotion positions while Hethersett and Tas Valley stayed third after seeing off Great Witchingham A by six wickets. James Shipley was the star with an unbeaten 114 as they chased down a total of 227-7.

It's as you were at the top of Division Three as Great Melton and Martham both maintained their impressive first halves of the season.

Melton bounced back from their first defeat as they beat Acle A by six wickets after restricting them to 200-8 while Martham won an exciting derby with Winterton by 15 runs after making 219-9. Winterton were 141-3 at one stage, with Bradley Noble-Parker having made 56, but were all out for 204 as Archie Smith finished with 4-28.

In Division Six Dereham A's Neal Widdows took 6-8 as Hales and Loddon were bowled out for 70.

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