Norfolk Cricket League round-up: Josh Widdowson hat-trick helps Castle Rising take firm grip in Division One

Jordan Taylor batting for Swardeston, with airborne bowler Sean McCabe for Norwich in the Carter Cu

Jordan Taylor batting for Swardeston, with airborne bowler Sean McCabe for Norwich in the Carter Cup cricket final. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Castle Rising continue to lead the way at the top of Division One in the Norfolk Cricket League as they demolished Great Yarmouth at the Beaconsfield.

Matt Taylor took 5-11 and Josh Widdowson finished off the innings with a hat-trick. Rising then knocked off their target of 62 for the loss of one wicket. Sandringham sit clear in the runners-up spot as Callum Lee's 5-20 proved too much for Happisburgh. Overstrand slipped up at Felthorpe, despite David Yarham's 92. Dave Richardson's 67no ensured that Felthorpe won by eight wickets whilst Kirkley & Belton had a huge win over basement side Castle Acre, while Olly Browne's 100 and Craig Neave's 5-39 were enough to see off early season pacesetters, St Andrews.

Caister march on at the head of Division Two East, looking to bounce back immediately after relegation last term, as they beat Gillingham, due in large part to Paul Brown's 72. There were also wins for Halvergate, Eaton, Southwold and Great Melton B.

Narborough lead the way in Two West, Matthew Coe with 62no leading the run chase against East Harling. Reepham & Salle were indebted to Mark Lester's 4-15 as they kept the pressure on Narborough by narrowly squeezing past Great Ellingham. Gooderstone's Adrian Seymour took 5-10 in their win over Beetley, while Drayton thrashed Holt by 10 wickets.

Mellis stay top of Three Central as Peter Thompson hit 51 in their win, while Wensum's Stuart Silvester did likewise with 55no. Mike Eastman took 5-44 for Hardingham A, while Jon Cooper cracked 81 for Tas Valley despite Hugh Collier's 95 for Rocklands.

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Beeston remain clear in Three West, Tom Robertson with 56 and 4-10 starring in their win. Eube Huckle grabbed 66 and 4-17 for Saham Toney who remain second, and Sandringham's Brad Tennant hit 76 in their win.

Rollesby march on in Three East, Aaron Brooks taking 5-19 in their win. Peter Davison starred for Frettenham with 56no and 4-21, while Paddy Kelly took an astonishing 6-1 as Horsford C thrashed Old Catton A.

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Swanton Morley took over the leadership of Four South West, while the leaders remain unchanged in the other divisions, Bungay, Coltishall and Castle Rising A all winning, while in the Tom Bartram T20, there were wins for Rocklands, Aylsham, Happisburgh, Hingham and Reepham & Salle. The first phase of the T20 competition should complete this week.

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