Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers stay in contention at the top

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers piled on the runs as a winning draw at home to Cromer kept them second in the Premier Division.

Will Stebbings hit an unbeaten 107 for the Barton Turf side, with Ali Ponder (86) and Jeremy Elliott (78) also contributing in a 300-plus total.

Wanderers were unable to secure outright victory however as Cromer hung on for a losing draw with nine wickets down.

That allowed third-placed Sprowston to close the gap slightly as 17-year-old Ryan Pearce returned magnificent figures of seven for 35 in their three-wicket win at home to Vauxhall Mallards A.

Danny Palmer top scored with 31 as Sprowston successfully chased down their target, despite James Ing taking six for 57.

Fakenham's relentless march towards the title continued unabated as they won by four wickets at Brooke.

The hosts had half-centuries from Jeandre Jumat (65) and Richard Timm, who blasted 50 from only 36 balls. Ian Slegg was Fakenham's leading bowler as he took four for 49, including three wickets in one over.

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James Brown (56) and Phil Gray (43) featured in a fourth wicket stand of 82 as Fakenham won in the 49th over.

Downham defeated west Norfolk rivals Stow by three wickets, with Angus Stuart (five for 51) helping to bowl Stow out cheaply before New Zealander PJ Cairns (73no) guided Downham to victory.

Mpho Sekhoto (96) was the main contributor in a small Lowestoft total at home to Diss and the visitors had little trouble in completing an eight-wicket win.

Acle had twin centurions in Dave Huggins (102) and Tom Wilson (148no) as they maintained their Division One promotion challenge with a 130-run win at Mattishall.

Leaders Old Buckenham beat Norwich A by five wickets, as half-centuries from Andy Lawrence (51) and James Alexander (74no) allowed them to reach their victory target. Martin Greiller (78) and Simon Jessop (59) were Norwich's top scorers.

Swardeston A won by four wickets against Bradfield at The Common.

Peter Abbs (75) and Carl Wiseman (46no) were Bradfield's main contributors with the bat, while Dale Reynolds and Rob Newman each took four wickets for Swardeston. Ben Shearing top scored in the Swardeston reply with 64 and Newman saw them home with an unbeaten 53.

Oliver Browne fired 70 for Saxlingham at Hales, but the hosts also passed 200 and were not bowled out to claim a losing draw.

Ben Baldwin starred with bat and ball to hand Topcroft a maximum points win at Bradenham.

Baldwin made 77 and then dismantled the Bradenham reply with five for 28. Alex Bates had earlier taken five for 52 for Bradenham.

Dereham completed the double over promotion rivals Hethersett & Tas Valley to reclaim top spot in Division Two.

David Lake followed up his century the week before with an undefeated 62 as Dereham reached their small target to win by seven wickets.

Will Dunger's all-round display helped Fakenham A take maximum points at home to Hillington.

Dunger made 53 and took five for 42, while there were also key contributions from Keegan Monaghan (five for 48) and Brian Whitwood (89) for Fakenham. Anthony Dobing made 83 for Hillington.

Richard Porter hit 67 as Beccles claimed a winning draw at Saham Toney, with Xavier Huckle (52no) ensuring the hosts were not bowled out.

Garboldisham won by four wickets at Sheringham.