Old Buckenham are new leaders of Alliance Premier Division - but there’s just one point in it

Alex Johnson bowling for Norwich A during their win over Bradfield in Norfolk Alliance Division One.

Alex Johnson bowling for Norwich A during their win over Bradfield in Norfolk Alliance Division One. Picture : Antony Kelly - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

There is a new name at the top of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division table after Cromer suffered only their second defeat of the season.

With the morning leaders going down by 85 runs at Brooke, the way was open for Old Buckenham to move to the summit, and they took it in impressive fashion.

The Bucks showed no mercy on bottom side Sprowston, bowling them out for 172 and then coasting home for the loss of just two wickets, with Terry Perry (60 not out) and Nick Pentz (61 not out) there at the end.

On a congested leaderboard Perry's side moved one point ahead of Cromer, who are now just one clear of Brooke after their defeat at the weekend.

Their hosts played like champions to get up to 320-5 in their 50 overs, with four batsmen making half centuries – Dan Vihm 70, Rob Panter 68, Gary Chirimuuta 61 and Matt Collinge 50 not out, the latter from just 22 balls.

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Cromer never threatened to overhaul their huge target and finished on 235-8, Richard Charlwood top-scoring with 42.

Completing the top four are Downham Town, another point further back.

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They beat Horsford A by 44 runs after being restricted to 197-9, more than half of which was made by Harrison Gregory (101 not out). Joss Stuart (4-32) and Jack Gould (4-34) were the stars as Horsford were dismissed for just 153.

The top two went marching on in Division One, with a little gap now opening up between Diss and Dereham and the chasing pack.

The pacesetters were involved in two very different games on Saturday, with Diss cruising home against strugglers Lowestoft and Dereham being pushed all the way by third-placed Swardeston A.

Diss skipper Mark Williamson took 5-27 at The Denes Oval as Lowestoft were skittled out for 137, with the visitors going on to win by seven wickets in less than 23 overs as Chris Cooper cracked an unbeaten 90.

Dereham found themselves chasing a far more impressive total of 252-7 and finally got home off the fourth ball of the final over, with three wickets in hand. David Lake (64) and Dan Lake (45) were the main contributors, with Joe Marczewski (27 not out) seeing them over the line, while former Norfolk captain George Walker scored 102 for Swardeston.

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