Norfolk Cricket League round-up: Saxlingham start title defence with win over Castle Rising

Saxlingham opening up their title defence with a close four wicket win at Castle Rising. Picture: Ar

Saxlingham opening up their title defence with a close four wicket win at Castle Rising. Picture: Archant - Credit: PA

Following the complete washout of the opening weekend, the Norfolk League finally got under way.

Saxlingham opening up their title defence with a close four wicket win at Castle Rising, thanks to Mohammed Nifras' 64, after Matt Taylor (73) and Rob Child (58) led the way for the home side. Caister top the embryonic table with a win over Felthorpe despite Cameron Collard's 93, while Jerry Bean's 45 helped Overstrand overcome St Andrews, for whom Louis Bellchamber hit 54. Southwold had Reepham & Salle reeling at 18 for 7, mostly due to Steve Hines (4-20), but the visitors rallied to 122, which Southwold knocked off for five wickets. The game at Narborough was abandoned after 14 overs, as Kirkley and Belton batsman Sajid Ali suffered a heart attack. Following surgery, he is stable and the Norfolk League wish him well in his recovery.

Division Two East sees Aylsham at the head, as they demolished Eaton by 101 runs, while Drayton and Happisburgh had opening wins, along with Halvergate. Wensum were shot out for 44, with Alex Stevens (3-8) and Morgan Rusted (3-12) doing the damage for Gillingham, but James Taylor (5-17) and Graham Taylor (4-5) made it a family day to remember as they blitzed the hosts for a paltry 22.

In Division 2 West, Beeston edged out East Harling by five runs, Liam Wall grabbing 3-38, while Isaac Blackford scored 58. Barry Wells' 60 was in vain for the visitors. Chris Farrant cracked 70 as Mellis opened up with a win, while Eusebio Huckle (3-9) and Craig Ellis (3-3) blew away Great Melton B as Saham Toney A top the table. There were wins for Sandringham A and Garboldisham B.

In Division Three East it was the Porter and Potter show as Sprowston B thrashed Bystanders, Tim Porter grabbing 59 while Alex Potter took an astonishing 8-13. Frettenham just top the table after beating Acle B, with wins for Martham A and Bungay A as well.

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In Three Central, Andy Boorman's 5-9 propelled Cringleford Lodge to top spot, while Malayalees, Hingham, Old Buckenham B and Topcroft B all won.

In the West, Snettisham A overcame rivals Hockwold A, Danny Suckling hitting 77 and taking 3-16, while Castle Rising, Thornham and Beetley also recorded victories.

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Level 4 sees Aylsham St Giles A, Brooke B, Garbodisham C and Mundford A at the top in their divisions, while Julian Dismore (152) and Mark Ramm (136) stood out as top performers for Felthorpe A in their high scoring win over Aldborough as the visitors just fell 12 runs short of their 306 target.

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