Norfolk Cricket Alliance: Norwich made to work hard in pursuit of small target

Robbie West bowling for Diss on Saturday. Photo: Bill Smith

Robbie West bowling for Diss on Saturday. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2013

Norwich made hard work of chasing a target of just 52 but eventually recorded their first Premier Division win of the season, at Stow.

The hosts were put into bat and never got to grips with Norwich's seam duo of Aaron Watson (four for 10) and Paul Wiseman, who took four for two from six overs.

Only Tom High (16) reached double figures as Stow slumped to 51 all out in the 29th over.

Norwich reached 21 without loss in their reply, but the dismissal of skipper Chris Borrett induced a collapse to 38 for six, with Ben Melton picking up three wickets.

Ben Flanagan, with Norwich's top score of 14no, staved off embarrassment for the champions as they clinched victory in the 23rd over.

Fakenham's last wicket pair dug in to secure a 90pc losing draw at Cromer.

Cromer had been put into bat and skipper Tom Davies (64) shared in a second wicket stand of 97 with Richard Charlwood (68), who posted his second successive league half-century. Ian Slegg took four for 29 in Cromer's 199 for eight.

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Fakenham stayed in contention as opener Chris Spenceley made 58 and West Indian debutant Omar Phillips added 40.

Cromer gradually seized control and were left with the last six balls to claim the final wicket, but Fakenham held on to close on 188 for nine.

Sprowston maintained their 100pc start with a seven-wicket win at home to Downham.

Rob Purton's four for 39 helped restrict the visitors to 145 all out and Purton then opened the Sprowston reply with his second successive league half-century.

He was out for 73, but Australian Matt Foster (35no) saw Sprowston home in the 30th over, hitting a six to secure an extra batting point.

Diss kicked off their season with an eight-wicket win at home to Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers.

Simon Cooper bagged four for 32 in Wanderers' 110 for nine, of which Ali Ponder contributed 60. Cooper then hit 45no and along with Robbie Tooke (46no) steered Diss to a straightforward win.

Old Buckenham battled to a three-wicket win at home to North Runcton.

Robbie Austin (four for 35) helped bowl the visitors out for 119 and although Ben Allsop responded with figures of four for 27 for Runcton, Bucks emerged victorious in the 34th over.