Norfolk League round-up: Morton helps Denver get off to a flier

The Norfolk Cricket League is under way for 2016.

The Norfolk Cricket League is under way for 2016. - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The new Norfolk Cricket League season began with lots of excitement as this year sees the league fully regionalised and covering the whole county, writes Mike Ridout.

The rain over the preceding week and on Saturday did its best to dampen spirits, but only 12 games across the 10 divisions were affected.

In Division One Denver beat Kirkley and Belton with Paul Morton making 54 and Chris Rolfe taking four wickets. Chris Lambert made 68 for Kirkley and Belton. Paul Browne made 77no and Rob Browne 52 as Caister beat Great Yarmouth. Sandrinham's Ben Metton made 54 in their victory over Cringleford Lodge. Snettisham beat newly promoted Saxlingham, with Matt Herbert making 50.

In Two West Castle Rising had a comfortable win over North Elmham while Peter Barnes took 7-27 for Garboldisham B, who beat Gooderstone, and Northwold overcame Castle Acre.

In Two East Eaton batted through the rain to overcome Ketteringham Hall with Matt Duke scoring 75.

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Gillingham beat Overstrand in a low scoring game and Drayton won at Gt Melton B.

Sandrinham A had a good win against Dersingham A with Cameron Bear taking 5-21 for Sandringham in Three West. Holt overcame Saham Toney A as Liam Channel took 5-32 and Daniel Burridge 4-37 respectively to restrict Saham Toney. Narborough had a comfortable win against Bircham A.

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In Three Central Adam Bilings' 4-14 helped Great Ellingham beat New Buckenham whilst Old Buckenham B just lost out to Rocklands A and Rackheath were no match for Hardingham A. Meanwhile the game between Wensum and Hethersett and Tas Valley B was interestingly poised before the weather intervened.

Arran Dheshi's 4-14 helped Acle B to a strong win over Frettenham in Three East. Newly re-formed Coltishall had a good win over Bungay A and Aylsham St Giles were dominant against newly promoted Halvergate, Rob Bingham making 103. The home side won an excellent contest between Kirkley & Belton A and Old Catton A, Barry Clemitson making 68 for the visitors and David Hayes 60 for the home side. Southwold beat Winterton A thanks to Gareth Gorst-Allman making 68.

In Four North West Dickie Sayers made 66, Kev Williamson 78 and Billy Brotherton took 4-26 as Thornham defeated Gooderstone B. James Dorley with 106 and Tony Exley with 80no helped Swaffham B to 262 before Harry Exley's 4-19 ripped out the heart of Denver B's response.

A 53 for Jacob Seed helped Swanton Morley A beat Beeston A at Beeston in Four South West. Diss B overcame new boys Mellis with Will Ward taking 4-30 and Lewis Taylor making 70. Hingham defeated North Elmham A.

In Four North East Colney won at Bystanders B in very variable conditions. Norwich Mayalees served notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with, making 352-7 at home to Sprowson C, Sarath Sathyan contributing 186no, however like many in Norwich, the weather was the eventual winner.

In Four South East Hales and Loddon A overcame a spirited Blundeston A, Hethersett and Tas Valley C lost to Lowestoft C and Ketteringham Hall beat Gt Yarmouth A. Hugo Gillespie made 65 and Stuart Gillespie took four wickets as Southwold A beat Brooke B in what looked like a very tight game.

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