Six-hit joy for Fakenham

Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Fakenham continued to hit their rivals for six as they notched up their sixth successive win in their quest for a perfect record and a top flight title.

Keegan Monahan-Fairlie, Ben Harvey and Rudi Hillerman all posted half centuries as they overcame North Runcton's 264-5 total with four wickets in hand.

Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers maintained their grip on second spot in a winning draw against Diss. Wanderers posted a 253-9 total, dominated by a sparkling 133 from Ben Christensen with Chris Cooper taking 4 for 65 for the hosts. James Wilby's 57 was the mainstay of the reply which saw Diss reach 198-7.

Sprowston kept the pressure on in third place, narrowly failing to force a victory against Cromer, who having been set a 243 victory target closed 47 runs shy with two wickets in hand. Max Carius top scored for the seasiders with 60. Tim Hales had earlier top scored with 53 for Sprowston, whose Rob Purton took 4 for 33.

Reigning champions Downham were involved in a thrilling encounter with Vauxhall Mallards A. Downham, whose hopes of a fifth successive title appear slim, put 201 on the board, dominated by Ian Harrison's 68.


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A pulsating game ended with Mallards six runs short of victory with the last pair at the wicket.

Brooke and Lowestoft fought out a draw in another close affair with Peter Sims claiming 4 for 16 to put the skids under Brooke's reply in pursuit of a 212 victory target. Joe Oakey top scored with 67 as Brooke closed on 201 with two wickets in hand.

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Acle and Old Buckenham continued to dominate Divison One proceedings, the Bridewell Lane outfit beating Norwich A by four wickets and second-placed Old Buckenham demolishing visitors Hales by seven wickets. Tom Alexander took 4 for 27 as Hales were dismissed for 104. Tom Banham's 58 secured the early finish. Topcroft climbed into third place by beating the morning holders of the position Bradfield. Dave Yarham scored 63 in Bradfield's 216 but Ben Baldwin steered Topcroft to a six-wicket victory with an unbeaten 81.

Sapumal Herathge (79) and Callum Taylor (74) paved the way for Swardeston A's five-wicket success against Mattishall. Jason Cole had top scored with 90 in Mattishall's 226-9 total.

Bradenham climbed into fourth place, Kevin Stagles (60) and Steve Matthews (55) dominating their 288-8 total. A plucky Saxlingham reply was led by David Maskell who ended agonisingly short of a century on 99 but his side remain rooted to the bottom after falling 81 runs short.

Horsford A stay top of Division Two after beating Hillington by 32 runs with Dereham close behind in second despite being narrowly denied a win by Sheringham.

All-round performance of the day in this division or indeed any division saw Fakenham A's Will Dungar score 100 and take 5 for 37 in the five-wicket win over Saham Toney who boasted a centurion in Bruno Norman (115) with Andrew McGeorge hitting 82.

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