Norfolk well placed to seal away success – depending on the weather

Norfolk batsman Sam Arthurton was on 34 overnight against Cambs. Picture: Tim Ferley

Norfolk batsman Sam Arthurton was on 34 overnight against Cambs. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Tim Ferley

Ben France recorded his second five wicket haul of the match at Wisbech yesterday as Norfolk gave themselves an excellent chance of claiming an overdue away win in the Minor Counties Championship.

Chris Brown's side go into the final day of their fixture against Cambridgeshire needing just 101 runs to claim victory, with eight second innings wickets still standing – if play is possible following heavy overnight rain.

France followed up his 5-68 with 5-65 this time around as Norfolk bowled out their hosts for just 138 on day two, having earlier got to within 30 runs of their first innings total of 209.

They then reached 68-2 at stumps, with Sam Arthurton going well on 34, and should fancy their chances of completing the job today providing the rain that is forecast doesn't hang around for too long.

Resuming the day on 84-4, Norfolk did well to get up to 179, with Ashley Watson's 53 the pivotal innings and Garry Park and Lewis Denmark each contributing important knocks of 30.

With France again at his best, and Adam Todd also chipping in with a wicket, they then reduced Cambridgeshire to 2-3 and 43-6 before a seventh wicket partnership of 68 between Lewis Bruce (32) and Josh Bowers (39) got the home side past three figures.

Norfolk's reply got off to a poor start, with James Spelman going cheaply for the second day running, but Arthurton and Jordan Taylor repaired the damage by putting on 49 for the second wicket before the Swardeston man went for 22.