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Downham Town continue march towards Norfolk Alliance Premier Division title despite Amith Sarma century for Old Buckenham

Downham Town continued their march towards the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division title with a six-wicket victory at home to Old Buckenham. Picture: Archant

Downham Town continued their march towards the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division title with a six-wicket victory at home to Old Buckenham. Picture: Archant

Tim Ferley

Downham Town continued their march towards the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division title with a six-wicket victory at home to Old Buckenham.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the visitors put on 263-7 from their 50 overs with Amith Sarma’s 128 not out the highlight.

However, Downham knocked off the runs with just over two overs to spare with Harrison Gregory’s 91 doing much of the damage. Jack Gould (67) and Alex Stuart (51) also contributed to the victory, which leaves them 50 points clear at the top of the table.

Second-placed Fakenham did at least manage to stay in contact with the table-toppers as they beat North Runcton by seven wickets on the road. North Runcton won the toss and elected to bat with Nick Freeman’s 54 proving the highlight of their innings, which concluded at 190-9. However, it wasn’t to be enough as Fakenham claimed the spoils and look to be the only side realistically capable of potentially chasing down Downham Town.

Stow leapfrogged Runcton into third place as they beat Acle at home by 21 runs. Half centuries from Otto Esse (56) and William Denny (57) saw the home side score 282-8 and it proved too much for Acle despite Arran Dhesi’s classy 104no.

Brooke beat Cromer at home by 145 runs – Tinotenda Mutombodzi (103) proving to be their star with the bat whilst Charlie Grisley (65) and John Habershon (52) chipped in for their total of 328-7. Frankie Sutton was the top scorer with 80 in reply for Cromer but he lacked support from elsewhere and the visitors fell well short (183 all out).

Diss (202-8) claimed their third win of the season as they saw off Garboldisham (201-8) by two wickets.

Thetford stayed at the summit in the First Division as they beat Vauxhall Mallards second XI by 10 wickets - Liam Conroy (81no) and Neil Lockwood (74no) blasting the hosts to victory.

Second-placed Dereham won at Bradfield by 109 runs as they skittled the hosts out for 76 having scored 185 in their innings.

Sri Tenjarla (101) was in excellent form as Sprowston beat Beccles Town by five wickets. Tenjarla was well supported by Laurie Ollerton (66) as the home side eased to victory after Beccles had put on 254 (David George 52, Alex Wright 57no).

Lowestoft Town claimed only their second win of the season as they won at Horsford by three wickets.

Swaffham swept to an easy nine-wicket victory at home against Hethersett & Tas Valley to stay top of the pile in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.

Swaffham won the toss and elected to field, restricting the visitors to 169 all out as David Annakin tore through their batting line-up, taking six wickets for the loss of just 17 runs. Jasper Payne led the response with 85no to ensure Swaffham stayed ahead of second-placed Martham.

Martham were made to work hard for their win at Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, making 177, and Martham struggled initially in their response until Simeon Randell (58) and Lewis Dunn (43) steadied the innings and helped them over the winning line, claiming victory by three wickets.

Mattew Hale scored 93no in Great Witchingham’s (192-7) win over Norwich’s second XI (93 all out).

Garboldisham second XI (135-2) are well clear of the chasing pack in Division Three after their win over Bungay (133 all out) - Jonny Wyatt’s 89no proving the highlight.

Old Buckenham A are now their nearest challengers after their thrilling one-wicket win over Bircham. James Alexander hit 84 for Bucks in reply to Bircham’s 224-5 (John King 80no) as the hosts narrowly got over the line.

Acle (288-6) beat Bradenham (143 all out) by 145 runs - Rob Porter (64) and Josh Larner (61) doing the lion’s share of the work with the bat.

Hockwold (277-4) won at Hardingham (199 all out) by 78 runs to stay on top in Division Four. Euan Gilmour’s 156no took him to 1,056 runs for Hockwold.

Second-placed Sheringham (92-2) stayed in touch with victory over North Runcton’s second XI (89 all out).

Performance of the day in Division Four came from Ryan Twiddy, who hit 152 in Snettisham’s (300-4) win over Stow’s second XI (142 all out).

Cromer A (281 all out) remain on course for promotion from Division Five after victory over Great Melton’s second XI - Darren Payne (62no) and Thomas Jackson (61) the top scorers for the leaders.

In Division Six Hales & Loddon (233 all out) beat Topcroft (230 all out) by three runs to close the gap on leaders Sandringham, who were without a game.

Rob Humphries hit 121 but it wasn’t enough to stop Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers’ second XI (261-5) from losing at home against Diss’ second XI (313-6).

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