Sekhoto stars for Lowestoft

Phil BanyardFrankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Lowestoft picked up their first win of the season as they beat fellow Premier Division strugglers Old Buckenham by 26 runs. The seasiders' innings was dominated by South African Mpho Sekhoto, who made 143no before Bucks fell short in their reply, Matthew Reid and Billy Brice taking three wickets each.Phil Banyard

Lowestoft picked up their first win of the season as they beat fellow Premier Division strugglers Old Buckenham by 26 runs.

The seasiders' innings was dominated by South African Mpho Sekhoto, who made 143no before Bucks fell short in their reply, Matthew Reid and Billy Brice taking three wickets each.

North Runcton moved up to second in the table as a strong batting display earned them a winning draw at Vauxhall Mallards A.

Jon Forder (97) and Paul Jefferson (69) helped the visitors top the 300 mark, despite Rayno Arendse's five for 48 and although Matthew Seager hit 60no in the hosts' reply, they were left to bat out for a draw.


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Downham continue to show no sign of faltering as they maintained their 100pc record with a five-wicket win at home to Brooke.

Rob Panter (75) and Ali Shearer (87) had given the hosts a challenging target, featuring in a third wicket stand of 132, but Joss Stuart (78) and Addam Todd (62) helped Downham achieve victory in the 46th over.

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Acle finished eight runs short of victory in a closely contested draw with Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.

Young seamer Tom Nudd claimed six for 50 to keep Wanderers in check before Acle's Adam Munford, pictured, fired an unbeaten 110. Danny Carter picked up Acle's scoring rate with a brisk 64, but it was not quite enough to achieve victory.

Another close match at Diss saw the hosts claim a two-wicket win over Cromer. Michael Warnes top scored for Cromer with 74, but Robbie Tooke's 69 for Diss proved decisive.

Sprowston opened up a 24-point gap at the top of Division One after beating Swardeston A by 56 runs.

Andy Hanby (61no) helped Sprowston recover from 52 for five to post a defendable score, Dale Reynolds and Steve Cadge both taking three wickets for Swardeston. Pancog Biswas then undid the Swardeston reply, taking six for 31.

Bradfield's winning draw against Sheringham moved them up to second, Steve Bidewell hitting 73.

More than 500 runs were scored at Ingham as Norwich A gained a winning draw against Bradenham.

Mark Tipping's 115no put the hosts in a strong position and although Steve Matthews almost matched it with 114no, Bradenham finished 44 runs short of victory.

South African Chris Hlengani (107no) blasted Hales to a seven-wicket win at Beccles after Rob Porter had hit 70 for Beccles.

Stow picked up their first win of the season with a six-wicket success at Topcroft.

In Division Two, leaders Mattishall were indebted to skipper Jason Cole (86) who led them to a four-wicket win over Garboldisham. Mitchell Hinds (118no) and Otis Ingrams (60) were Garboldisham's leading performers.

New Zealander Jarred Cunningham dismantled Dereham's pursuit of a small target as his off-spin claimed six for 43 in Downham A's 45-run win.

Matt Thomas fired 93no for Saham Toney and Perry Sims took four for 56 as they collected maximum points against Saxlingham.

Swardeston B grabbed their first win, beating North Runcton A by six wickets. Greg Marks hit 88 for Runcton before Kevin Cooper's 60no won it for Swardeston.

Neil Yarham made 68 for Fakenham A before Andy King (four for 30) wrapped up their 68-run win at Hillington.

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