Norfolk League round-up: Kirkley & Belton keeping up the chase for second in Level One
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The penultimate week of the Norfolk League season saw many promotion and relegation issues sorted, although not all, writes Mike Ridout.
Snettisham, already crowned Level One champions, made it 17 from 17, Aaron Herbert making 57 and Kristian Heffer taking 5-35 as they beat current second-placed side Sandringham. Kirkley & Belton can still catch Sandringham after beating local rivals Caister, who find themselves in the last relegation spot. Denver had Felthorpe at 9-6, but ended up chasing 128, getting them for five wickets. Felthorpe are now just above the relegation places. Both Cringleford and Blundeston, who lost to Saxlingham (Craig Beedon 82 and three wickets, and Tom Browes 63 and three wickets) will be relegated.
In Two West Castle Rising are champions following their victory over Heacham. Castle Acre will be runners up following their defeat of Gooderstone, both of the defeated sides in the relegation spots. Garboldisham B (Thomas Fidler 69) beat North Elmham to leave the losers in the third relegation spot.
Overstrand confirmed themselves as champions in Level Two East following their victory over Ketteringham Hall (Billy and David Yarham 56 and 52 respectively). The defeat confirmed Ketteringham's relegation along with Norwich Bystanders who won well at home to Gillingham. St Andrews will be runners up despite losing to Great Melton B. Edward Roffey made 115 for Rollesby as they ended Drayton's promotion hopes.
In Three West Narborough and Beetley are confirmed as winners and runners up respectively after they both won well. Narborough won at already relegated King's Lynn Hospital, and Beetley (Tom Esterhuizen 54) saw off the resurgent Holt.
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Great Ellingham are champions of Three Central after beating relegated Old Buckenham B. Felthorpe A, in second place, came unstuck at New Buckenham despite 107 not out for Julian Dismore. Reepham & Salle A took full advantage, Joe Hollis making 130no and Dean Johnson 77no, backed up by 4-34 from Rob Allen as they beat Wensum, to cut the gap to second dramatically, especially as Hethersett & Tas Valley B also lost, this time to Hardingham (John West-Lindell 111, Jamie Fowle 4-32) despite Cameron Clarke making 64 and Nick Powell 77. In the battle at the bottom Rocklands A beat Rackheath.
Southwold and Aylsham St Giles are champions and runners up respectively in Three East, after both won again. Southwold beat Acle B (Gareth Gorst-Allman 126, Stefan Clifford 112no) and Aylsham saw off Coltishall who now find themselves relegated along with Bungay A who beat Frettenham.
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Kirkley & Belton A beat Halvergate to put pay to their promotion push.
In Four North East, despite losing to Norwich Malayalees, (Jojo Pazhayattil 89) Horsford C (Dave Masdin 70, Alex Turner 59) are champions. Malayalees will have to wait until next week to see if they or Sprowston C, who beat Colney, are runners up.
In the middle of the table Overstrand A (Ian Howes 5-33) beat Aldborough and Old Catton B (Simon Reddy 107, Harrison Brown 4-11) beat Happisburgh A.
In Four North West Thornham will be promoted as champions after beating Fakenham B, but the runners up spot is not yet decided between Snettisham A and Swaffham B.
In Four South East Lowestoft B are champions after they defeated their nearest rivals Ketteringham Hall A (Harry Decotau-Spring 4-28, Arun Nair 83). As a result, Ketteringham Hall A must wait until next week to see if they will be runners up after Southwold A beat Great Yarmouth A.
In the remaining games Hethersett & Tas Valley C (Ollie Kilbourne 56) lost to Hales & Loddon A (Charlie Duffield 67) and Martham A lost to Winterton B (George Hudson 73no). ]
In Level Four South West Hingham and Mellis are still fighting it out for the top spot, Hingham having a good win over Great Melton C and Mellis getting a walkover. Garboldisham C beat North Elmham A and Beeston were also awarded a walkover.