Norfolk Cricket League: Snettisham lead the chasing pack after beating Great Yarmouth
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Snettisham still lead Division One of the Norfolk League and remain unbeaten after seeing off Great Yarmouth by eight wickets.
Kirkley and Belton inflicted the first defeat on Sandringham with Abdul Rehman making 59 whilst Saxlingham and Denver both recorded first wins of the season. Saxlingham beat Caister as Ollie Brown made 102 and Denver's win came at the expense of struggling Blundeston.
In Division Two West the battle of the frontrunners went to Castle Acre as they overcame Castle Rising, despite Castle Acre's Sam Molyneux making 53 and Tom Brown taking 5-25. East Harling's first win came at home to bottom-of-the-table North Elmham. At Garboldisham Jack Stevenson made 102 for the home side, Heacham's Anthony Sadler made 118 not out but Garboldisham held on to win. Reepham & Salle put in a disciplined performance to overcome Northwold.
Sprowston chased down Bystanders' 161 with Ian Doy top-scoring in Division Two East. Drayton's good form deserted them at Eaton as Sam Butcher (49no) and Michael Baker (80no) made short work of a 154 total. St Andrews' new recruit Louis Bellchamber made 54no as they defeated Gillingham. Ketteringham Hall were not strong enough for Great Melton C, whilst Overstrand moved to the top of the table with a nine-wicket win over Rollesby.
In Three West, despite making 198-5 (Rob Steele 58), Swanton Morley's bowlers were unable to make inroads as Holt made 202-2 (Mike Spillat 89no and Robin Thaxter 78no). King's Lynn Hospital went down to Dersingham A. Bircham saw off Saham Toney whilst Narborough proved too strong for Beeston.
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In the Central Division New Buckenham overcame Hardingham A to record their first win. Hethersett and Tas Valley B had to score 225 to win, Josh Brandon Street and Dave Matthews making 56 and 65no respectively.
Great Ellingham continue their rise through the leagues, this time making 245-5 (Adrian Cooper, Josh Lincoln and Brendan Ledeboer making 82, 53 and 52 respectively) before restricting Rackheath to 176 with Richard Smith taking 4-28. Reepham & Salle A defeated Rocklands A as Joe Hollis' run of form continued with a well made 50. Julian Dismore's 84 was not quite enough to help Felthorpe A overcome Wensum.
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Acle B (Owen Moggan 73no and Owen Gooch 90no) continue to keep up the pressure on the other sides in Three East after beating Old Catton A. Halvergate travelled to Coltishall to record a good win and Southwold's Harry, Terry and Sam Booker shared eight wickets as they defeated Aylsham St Giles. Winterton overcame Bungay A and Kirkley and Belton A overcame Frettenham.
Across level four there were some good games and fine performances.
In Four North West James Dorling hit 94 as Swaffham A travelled successfully to Castle Rising A. Thornham continue to press at the top, Steven Lucas with 50, Dickie Sayers 63 and Chris Burgess with 54 gave them too many runs for Mundford A to match especially with Kev Williamson taking 4-26.
Happisburgh A continue to show good form – helped by Darren Jeary's 76, they beat Colney for who Nick Butcher made 53 in 4 North East. Horsford C overcame Bystanders A and Overstrand A defeated Norwich Malayalees by 10 wickets.
Paul Hambrook of Gt Yarmouth A made 54no as they had a 10 wicket win over Blundeston A in Four South East.
Martham A were too strong for Hethersett and Tas Valley C as they recorded their first win of the season. Lowestoft B popped down the coast to Southwold A and returned home with 23 points after a good performance.
Ketteringham Hall A proved too strong for Winterton B, whilst Hales and Loddon A continue to set the pace after Brooke B were forced to concede.
In Four South West Dave Probert made 77 for Hardingham but had to watch Alex Pattison and Chris Wright with 61no and 79no saw Gt Melton C home to victory. Hingham overcame Beeston A by three wickets as the sides shared 460 runs.
Nigel Kemp's 66 for Garboldisham C helped them to victory against Mellis. Callum Futter with 113 and Josh Hall with 68no helped North Elmham A stay at the top of the league at the expense of a plucky Swanton Morley A team.