Norfolk Cricket League round-up: Stoves and Cornwell do the damage in Denver victory

North Elmham opener James White demonstrates his ability with the bat. Picture: MIKE WYATT

North Elmham opener James White demonstrates his ability with the bat. Picture: MIKE WYATT - Credit: Archant

A somewhat wetter weekend than last saw some games succumb to the bad weather in the Norfolk League, writes Mike Ridout.

However, many teams took full advantage of the 'rain rules' to play reduced overs games of between 20 and 40 overs a side to beat the elements.

In Division One Felthorpe travelled to Denver but were undone by four wickets apiece for Ben Stoves and Dan Cornwell on a drying track. Denver got home for the loss of three wickets in the late afternoon sunshine. Great Yarmouth overcame Cringleford Lodge and Kirkley & Belton continued their good recent form with a win over Caister.

In the battle of the top two Sandringham entertained Snettisham but were unable to dent the visitors' unbeaten run.

In Division Two West Gooderstone's Keith Morgan made 51 as they failed to chase down Castle Acre's total which had been built around 114 not out for Elliott Whiting and Nick Whales' 57no. James White made 78no for North Elmham, but Garboldisham B won thanks to 68no from Andrew Freake.


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Anthony Sadler made 66 for Heacham but a good all-round performance from Castle Rising helped them to a tie.

Stuart Hilton must have been cursing as he took 5-21 and scored 21 for East Harling, as Northwold's Ash Drohan's 4-23 helped them defend 79.

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In Two East Sprowston B comfortably overcame Eaton, Giles Kirkham's 40no the outstanding performance for Sprowston. Figures of 4-25 and 40 for Gillingham's Jordan Barker meant they beat Norwich Bystanders, and 3-4 and 3-16 for Dave Yarham and Adam Burton respectively saw Overstrand completely dominate Ketteringham Hall.

In Three West Beeston's Isaac Blackford with 43 and Adie Grief with 4-15 helped them overcome Sandringham A. Dersingham's Dan Coggin made 63no as they beat Bircham A (Will Pillinger 64), whilst Holt had a good day against Beetley with Aaron Riseborough making 72, Mark Spillet 50 and Liam Channell taking 4-14. Saham Toney A made 240, led by Martin Wood's 61 and Simon Mower's 58 as they beat Swanton Morley.

In Three Central New Buckenham travelled to Felthorpe A for a good win and Jamie Fowle took 4-28 and Mike Eastman made 73 as Hardingham A beat Hethersett and Tas Valley B.

In Three East 59 for Michael Hendry of Acle A was not enough to help them overcome a Southwold side led by 43 and 5-23 from Gareth Gorst-Allman. Dave Websdale had a red letter day for Frettenham, scoring 102 and taking 4-18, and Paul Websdale with 4-29 prevented Bungay A having a successful day. Old Catton A travelled to Winterton A and won thanks to 60 for Paul Prime and 4-42 from Barry Clemitson. Aldborough had good cause for celebration winning their first game, inspired by 4-16 from Marcus Mears and 49 from Michael Biss in Four North East. Will Woodhead made 49 and took 5-22 as Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers B beat Bystanders A.

In Four North West Snettisham A went on a run spree scoring more than 300 against a depleted Mundford A. In Four South East Hales & Loddon A, Ketteringham Hall A and Winterton B, all had decent wins, as did Southwold A for who Shane Gosling made 87no and took 4-13 against Yarmouth A.

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