Norfolk Cricket League round-up: Brown and French lead Caister’s charge to victory to help them stay top of the league

PUBLISHED: 12:32 11 June 2018

Dave Fuller (100no) and Carl Cudden (109no) both batted through for Bungay A, putting on 227 against Frettenham. Picture: Norfolk Cricket League

Dave Fuller (100no) and Carl Cudden (109no) both batted through for Bungay A, putting on 227 against Frettenham. Picture: Norfolk Cricket League


Caister remain at the head of the Norfolk Cricket League sponsored by Ashburnham Solicitors after a comfortable eight wicket win at Southwold, Paul Brown (54) and Paul French (81no) spearheading the victory charge.

St Andrews are a single point behind after they thrashed Narborough by 149 runs, Aslam Mohammed cracking 66no and Yathesarj Kailainathan grabbing 7-26.

Saxlingham stay third after a 10 wicket mauling of basement side Felthorpe, Oli Browne (84no) and Craig Beeden (58no) knocking off the 144 target in 19.5 overs. Earlier Matt Doyle scored 62 for the visitors.

Overstrand won a topsy-turvy game at Reepham and Salle, slumping to 38-6 before Ben Warnes smashed 117 as they posted 210 all out, despite the efforts of Joe Wilson (4-15) and Harry Legge (4-41).

A late collapse by the hosts saw Overstrand win by 28 runs.

In the other match, Castle Rising hit an imposing 247 for 2, which proved far too much for Kirkley and Belton.

Aylsham St Giles march on in Two East, edging out Great Yarmouth in a low scoring game. Jeremy Cocks took 4-11, while Trevor Shales also picked up 4-15.

Halvergate’s Danny Pitcher grabbed 4-11 as they benefitted from Gillingham’s home batting woes to go second, while Matt Gander starred for Kirkley & Belton A taking 5-20 and scoring 50 to ensure that Rollesby remain winless.

Wensum were indebted to Andy Norman (66no) and Steve Horner (50) in their win, while Wayne Catchpole’s 69no for Happisburgh was eclipsed by Sam Butcher’s 59no for Eaton.

Two West sees Castle Acre at the top, Elliot Whiting taking 5-15 in their win over Great Ellingham, for whom Joe Clarke scored 50no and Anupan Brahma took 4-14.

Beeston are second, Howard Bailey starring with 52, while Adrian Seymour hit 72 for Gooderham.

Mellis stay third with Stephen Matthews (5-16) and Tom Sanderson (68no) shining for them.

Ben Goodwin’s 70 ensured that Saham Toney stay in touch as they beat Sandringham A, despite Brad Tennant’s 51, while Eddie Thorne hit 64 for Garboldisham in their narrow win over Great Melton B.

Division Three East leaders Martham slipped up at Coltishall while unbeaten Sprowston B beat Blundeston to move just two points behind them.

Hingham remain unbeaten in Three Central, while Ketteringham Hall remain second. Thornham head Three West from Beetley as both sides remain unbeaten. Dave Fuller (100no) and Carl Cudden (109no) both batted through for Bungay A, putting on 227, while Simon crashed 116no for Rocklands A and Nathan Lake hit 122 for Bystanders.

Four North has Aldborough at the head, while Overstrand A picked up their first win. Rob Lamb cracked 107no for Sprowston C in their win. Bystanders A remain unbeaten in Four South, and Boughton are also unbeaten in Four West. Four East sees unbeaten Broadland at the top, ahead of Old Catton A and Brooke B, who are also unbeaten.

The T20 competition saw Felthorpe, Caister and Saham Toney qualify for the second round of the Cup, while Frettenham and Rocklands will be competing in the Plate. Winterton, Wensum, Snettisham and Beeston have been knocked out, and a busy final week of the first round will see the rest of the groups decided.

Top performers Levels Three, Four and the T20: David Spencer 60 (Hockwold), Angus Coates 4-33, Andy Thresh 58* (Rocklands A), Samanathanga 65 (Castle Rising A), James Warne 67* (Swanton Morley), Dickie Sayers 62 (Thornham), Jordy Lake 54, Craig Edwards 62*, Steve Garnham 5-19 (Hingham), Craig Birleson 71, Paul Sprong 77* (Ketteringham Hall), Ra Mason 4-29, Oli Kilbourn 58* (Hethersett & Tas Valley B), Richard Dicks 4-41 (Coltishall), Tim Porter 72 (Sprowston B), Mark Thompson 71 (Great Yarmouth A), Jordan Hambling 62*, Richard Keeler 65* (Brooke B), Nick Butcher 75, Simon Carding 5-5 (Colney), Alex Hoss 67 (Bystanders A), Alex Hamilton 73 (Felthorpe A), Martin Witheridge 85* (Winterton A), Giles Kerkham 97 (Sprowston C), Oliver Short 78*, Shaun Fisher 4-17 (Boughton), Tom Gilbert 72* (Denver A), Matt Wright 78, Jack Dennis 5-11 (Heacham), George Bridge 4-31 (Beeston A), Peter Crisp 59, Matt Hutchinson 63, Jason Leakes 4-45, Jake Eves 5-15 (Narborough & Swaffham), Matt Doyle 50* (Felthorpe), Connor Ingram 81 (Great Yarmouth), Eusebio Huckle 4-22 (Saham Toney), Zach Taylor 55*, James Snelling 4-20 (Horsford), Philip Wright 65 (Drayton), Connor Grief 56 (Snettisham).

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