Norfolk Cricket Alliance Divisions Two to Six: Great Melton start with thrilling victory

Chris Greenslade bagged seven wickets as Great Melton edged to an exciting five-run victory at home to Saham Toney in Division Two.

Greenslade's return of seven for 31 negated the efforts of Saham's Andrew McGeorge (59).

Tom Browes was another bowler to hit early season form as he bagged six for 21 in Saxlingham's 41-run win against Swardeston B.

Downham A fell just seven runs short of victory as they settled for a 90pc losing draw at home to Norwich A.

Martin Greiller hit 81 for the visitors, before Ashley Corbett (55) and Jack Gould (55) pushed the hosts close to their sizeable target.

Relegated Bradenham began life in Division Two with a five-wicket win over Hethersett & Tas Valley, courtesy of half-centuries from Mark Hunter (75no) and Mike Taylor (61).

Brian Whitwood top scored for Fakenham A with 57, but could not prevent a six-wicket defeat at Garboldisham.

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Paul Munford's opening day century for Acle A in Division Three was only enough to secure a losing draw against Thetford, who had 55 from Liam Conroy.

Sprowston A kicked off with a convincing 67-run win at Hales & Loddon after impressive displays from Phil Glozier (55) and David Burcombe (five for 27).

Jasper Payne took four for 26 and skipper Mark Eagle hit 66 as Swaffham eased to a six-wicket win at Dersingham.

Tim Coote (53no) steered North Runcton A to a straightforward six-wicket success at Bungay and Great Witchingham A were seven-wicket winners at Old Buckenham A.

Sheringham, after three successive relegations, started the new season in positive style with a six-wicket triumph against Garboldisham A.

Chris Moy (six for 30) and Matt Hudson (72) were the architects of Sheringham's success.

Simon Cooke claimed four for 32 to set up Stow A's two-wicket win against Great Melton A. Paul Movel took five for 19 as Melton narrowly failed to defend their small target.

Hardingham dominated matters against Winterton as Brendan Scott fired 79 and Jason Scott took four for 41, but it was not enough to secure outright victory.

Narborough picked up maximum points from their 96-run win at Hethersett & Tas Valley A.

In Division Five, James Rowell's hat-trick helped bowl Swardeston-CEYMS out for 91 before Rocklands completed a nine-wicket win, Jack Noonan hitting 51no.

Brooke A's Richard Timm scored 111no in a winning draw against Norwich B and Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A won by five wickets at Thetford A.

A tight finish at Mattishall A saw Aldborough close 12 runs short of victory, with nine wickets down.

Stefan Clifford (81) and Paul Beaumont (five for 21) were Mattishall's star men, while Mike Cramp (four for 49) and Alex Youngman (50) impressed for Aldborough.