Precious Ring display gives Stow hope in survival battle
Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance: Stow made a surge for safety in the Premier Division with a two-wicket win at home to Diss.
Josh Ring (five for 32) helped bowl the visitors out cheaply, but it needed a composed innings of 49no from skipper Ed Landymore to seal a tense victory. Mark Williamson took four for 45 for Diss.
That result moved Stow above Brooke, who folded to a seven-wicket defeat at home to North Runcton.
Simon McInerney took six for 28 for the visitors, while Darren Cubitt claimed three for six from 13 miserly overs as Brooke were rolled out for 85.
Downham moved up to second with a 21-run win at Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.
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Cromer's hopes of survival nose-dived with a six-wicket defeat at Vauxhall Mallards A.
Max Carius hit 76 in an impressive batting effort from the visitors, but Steve Goldsmith (83no) and Matthew Seager (52) saw the hosts to victory.
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There was better news for Cromer lower down the Alliance as their second team staved off relegation in Division Four with a winning draw at home to Mundford.
Former Norfolk player Chris Carey blasted 161 for Cromer, and although Owen Chandler replied with 56no for Mundford, they did not threaten the hosts' big score. Cromer A survived at the expense of Norwich B, who had completed their campaign the previous weekend.
Horsford A had already sealed promotion from Division Two, but they lost their final game of the season, at home to Beccles, by 49 runs.
Glen Wright hit 50 for Beccles before Ian Ruddock took five for 33 to destroy Horsford A's response, with Will Bryan hitting 74 for the hosts.
There was little at stake in Sprowston A's four-wicket win over North Runcton A in Division Three, but the match featured half-centuries from Sprowston A's Kieran Patel (54) and Runcton A's Martin Skipper (63).
Winterton claimed the Division Five title in their debut season in the Alliance with a nine-wicket win over relegated Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A, who were bowled out for just 57.
Simon Cook took four for 11 as Stow A won by 48 runs at Diss A, while Aldborough claimed a winning draw at home to Brooke A, with half-centuries from Mike Cramp (87) and Ben Plumb (54).