Simpson's five sinks Swardeston

Horsford gained ground on the leaders in Division Two after their 45-run win over Swardeston A.Jamie Heyburn struck 50 as Horsford posted 171 for eight and Gordon Simpson then took five for 30 to help bowl Swardeston out for 126.

Horsford gained ground on the leaders in Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance Division Two after their 45-run win over Swardeston A.

Jamie Heyburn struck 50 as Horsford posted 171 for eight and Gordon Simpson then took five for 30 to help bowl Swardeston out for 126.

Bradenham were the other team to benefit from completing their game, as they picked up a winning draw at North Runcton A. Julian Stephenson hit 71 in Bradenham's 181 all out and Runcton could manage only 121 for six in response.

The clash between the top two, Bradfield and Dereham, was finely poised when the third heavy shower of the day ended proceedings. Dereham batted first and after Duncan Hewitt (45) and Phil Banyard (44) had put on 93 for the first wicket, the innings fell away and Dereham closed on 165 for seven. Joe Marczewski claimed three early wickets in the Bradfield reply and the visitors were on 64 for three in the 23rd over when play was abandoned.


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There was no play in the other games, at Dersingham and Hunstanton.

Swaffham were the day's only winners in Division Three, as they beat Ashmanhaugh by three wickets. Matthew Smith took five for 16 as Ashmanhaugh were bowled out for 105 and Anthony Reeve fired 41 to see Swaffham to victory.

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Leaders Sheringham were going well on 105 for one against Downham when play was halted.

That allowed Mundford to close the gap to one point as their game at home to third-placed Hillington reached a more advanced stage before being called off. Hillington were bowled out for 131 after Matt Alsop claimed seven for 43, Mark Jarvis (38) top scoring for the visitors. Andrew Jarvis then took three for nine as Mundford got to 89 for six when the rain closed in.

The remaining two games were also intriguingly poised when they were abandoned. Norwich A were on 82 for three chasing Beccles A's 191 and Fakenham had reached 121 for five in pursuit of East Harling's 152 for nine. James Alexander made 40 for East Harling, with Robert Relph claiming four wickets for Fakenham, who also had 51 from Brian Whitwood.

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