Norfolk Cricket League round-up: Saxlingham remain on course for title after easy victory over Castle Rising

Graham Gooch unveils the new scoreboard at Thornham. Picture: Norfolk Cricket League

Graham Gooch unveils the new scoreboard at Thornham. Picture: Norfolk Cricket League - Credit: Archant

While World Cup fever gripped the nation, most of Norfolk's cricketers made arrangements to watch the match and play either before or around the quarter-final.

Eight games were called off, but 22 adapted to the flexibility shown by the executive committee to get the game on.

Saxlingham stayed in front at the head of Division One, thrashing Castle Rising by nine wickets, Joe Lewis grabbing 4-33. Matt Taylor hit 54 in vain for Rising.

St Andrews are second as they won a high-scoring contest at Overstrand, Craig Wright (65) and Louis Bellchamber (74) starring as they chased down 230. Earlier Danny Shreeve cracked 99 for the hosts.

Jason Hall took 6-30 for Southwold, but Tom Fisher topped him with 6-35 for Reepham and Salle as they won, Will Allen also getting 77.

Sajid Ali's remarkable recovery from his heart attack earlier in the season was demonstrated with 52 and 5-41 for Kirkley & Belton, but Narborough took the spoils thanks to skipper Jack Crisp's 51no. Shaun Goodby (77) and Paul French (68) led the way as Caister swamped winless Felthorpe, Cameron Collard getting 55.

Mellis lead the way in Two West, Chris Farrant's 93 being slightly better than Castle Acre's Steve Piper's 88 as they won by one run.

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James Spinks got 59 for Beeston in their win, while Adrian Seymour got 73no in vain as Garboldisham moved to second with Andy Freakes (59no) and Adam Stone (69no) seeing them home. Martin Wood retired on 49 for Saham Toney with what turned out to be a heart attack, but the game continued and Saham Toney won, despite Sam Johnson's 57no for Great Melton. The NCL wish Martin a speedy recovery. Sandringham A had a walkover against Great Ellingham.

Aylsham St Giles march on in Two East, Sam Hudson with 89 and Neil Grugott with 4-7 starring in their latest win. Halvergate remain second with a narrow win over Great Yarmouth. Gillingham recorded a welcome victory, Steve Davey cracking 59no and Morgan Rusted grabbing 4-26, Dan Pollard taking 4-27 in vain for Wensum. Philip Wright's 51 led Drayton to victory while Happisburgh had a walkover against Kirkley and Belton A.

Hingham ran out winners in the top of the table clash against Ketteringham Hall in Three Central of the Norfolk Cricket League while inactive Martham took full advantage of Sprowston B's defeat at Bystanders to move top of Three East.

Snettisham A continue to head Three West, while Beetley remain hot on their heels.

Aldborough remain tucked in behind Reepham & Salle A in Four North, while Broadland, Old Catton A and Brooke B scrap it out in Four East. Boughton's unbeaten run ended at Heacham, but they still head Four West by a single point from their rivals, while Bystanders A lead the way in Four South.

In the T20 competition, Happisburgh and Norwich Malayalees have booked their places for finals day, but six places are still up for grabs. Saxlingham, Caister, Felthorpe and Narborough are in pole positions in the cup groups, while Horsford and either Rocklands or Castle Acre seek to join the finalists.

Notable performances from Levels 3,4 and the T20;

Jordan Coldham 4-11 (Felthorpe), Ben Green 58no (Hardingham), Martin Hewitt 4-17 (Caister), Jack Crisp 50no (Narborough), Alex Turner 54 (Horsford), Richard Halfacree 68no (New Buckenham), Ray Symon 51 (Malayalees), Satish Yeruva 58no and 4-41, James Cowan 57 (Cringleford Lodge), Mark Creasey 59 (Hethersett & Tas Valley B), Danny Key 57 (Hingham), Vince Cox 53 (Acle B), Rob Gibbons 54 (Frettenham), Ian Taylor 5-11 (Bystanders), Michael Calvert 5-34 (Beetley), James White 73 (Swanton Morley), Ashley Kendal 74no (Dersingham), Kevin Williamson 4-33 (Thornham), Nathan Stoneman 63, Mishant Murria 82no (Felthorpe A), Matt Skinner 58, Mark Ramm 61no (Aldborough), Mark Spillett 103no (Sheringham A), Paul Kitchen 4-23, Tom Hann 4-19 (Broadland), Ankit Jha 4-13 (Bystanders A), Robin Wintle 5-44 (Colney), Jonathan Ellse 67 (Great Melton C), Anthony Sadler 75, Adam Darlow 6 catches (Heacham), James Webb 4-41 (Boughton), Kevin Bandy 115* (Gooderstone A), Dan Bunten 4-35 (Mundford A), Martyn Wardle 64 (Denver A), Stuart Youds 4-16 (Narborough & Swaffham).

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