Rocklands duo claim centuries

Phil BanyardFrankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Three, Four, Five and Six: Rocklands centurions Will Defoe and Simon Mann thrived in the sun on Saturday as their side claimed a winning draw at home to Diss A in Division Five.Defoe blasted 162 and Mann hit 126no as Rocklands' massive total proved too much for Diss, who replied with 76 from Craig Barker.Phil Banyard

Rocklands centurions Will Defoe and Simon Mann thrived in the sun on Saturday as their side claimed a winning draw at home to Diss A in Division Five.

Defoe blasted 162 and Mann hit 126no as Rocklands' massive total proved too much for Diss, who replied with 76 from Craig Barker.

Leaders Cromer A enjoyed a winning draw at Dereham A after Peter Gascoyne (66), Oli Kimber (58) and Kevin Neale (62) had helped themselves to half-centuries, with Dereham's Jordan Fletcher taking four for 52.

Dereham skipper Jon Crisp made 69 as his side hung on with nine wickets down.

Steve Hayes (98) fell just short of a century, but his efforts ensured Hethersett & Tas Valley A picked up a two-wicket win at Great Melton A.

Matthew Clarke made 55 for Melton, with Dave Austin (five for 20) and Rob Scott (four for 54) providing Tas' cutting edge with the ball.

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Keith Thomson (80no) and Trevor Dyer (55) helped Stow A complete a successful run chase against Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A. Chris Manning (four for 44) was Stow's best bowler.

Paul Daynes hit 96 in Brooke A's winning draw at bottom side Vauxhall Mallards A, Charlie Harkness taking four for 53 for the hosts.

James Page struck 119 for Great Witchingham A, but his side's bowlers could not polish off determined Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway in Division Three. Kirkley's Chris Lambert took four for 85, while Craig Guy contributed 69.

Leaders Horsford A were equally frustrated by the Acle A batsmen after posting a large target.

Matt Spenceley (124) and Will Bryan (87no) put Horsford in charge, but Shane Tovell (90) helped deny them victory.

Those results enable third-placed Hethersett & Tas Valley to close the gap as they beat Dersingham by six wickets.

Tim Shelly (66) and Rob Mitchell (61) were Tas' top scorers and Manny Sayers' 63 could not save Dersingham.

Ashmanhaugh's Chris Nation fired 132no and Bernie Everett made 60 as their side gained a winning draw against Mundford, while Anthony Reeve hit 68 in Swaffham's three-wicket win at Thetford.

Division Four leaders Great Melton stayed top after beating fellow contenders Hardingham by seven wickets in a high-scoring encounter.

Andy Duckham (109no), Oli Howes (85) and Barney Goodrum (63) had put Hardingham in a seemingly unassailable position, but Richard Wood (131no) and Martin Cook (82no) saw Melton to victory with an over to spare.

Mat Coe hit 78 for Narborough before Sprowston A finished just three runs short of victory in their reply to pick up a 90pc losing draw.

Martin Greiller struck 157 for Norwich B as they chased down a 300-plus target against Bungay, who had a century from Will Lewis (115).

Halvergate recorded a four-wicket victory at Old Buckenham A courtesy of Steve Clarke's 78, after Jon Briggs made 62 for the home side.

Bradenham A eased their relegation fears with a 10-wicket triumph at bottom side Aldborough. Ian Moody took four for 20 for the visitors before Mike Taylor (54no) guided them to a straightforward win.

Mattishall A moved to the top of Division Six with a seven-wicket win at home to Beccles A.

Nathan Forder (five for 45) helped dismiss Beccles cheaply and then Matt Balls (83no) and Tom Mahood (55) took over for Mattishall.

Previous leaders Bradfield A were undone by a century from Swardeston-CEYMS' David Micklethwaite (110) and Will Kennard's 66 in a five-wicket defeat. Swardeston's Oliver Kennard earlier claimed four for 18, with Sam Kimber making 78 for Bradfield.

Alex Hogg's 89no handed Garboldisham A a five-wicket win at Mundford A, who had 66 from Mick Annear.

Topcroft A picked up their first win of the season, beating Thetford A by 77 runs, while Lowestoft A beat Saxlingham A by five wickets.