Starling puts Wanderers to flight

Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance: Dereham moved to the top of Division Two after a five-wicket victory over bottom club Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A.

Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance: Dereham moved to the top of Division Two after a five-wicket victory over bottom club Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A.

Wanderers batted first and were bowled out for 109, with Gary Starling returning figures of four for 24 and Kevin Ramm taking three for 22.

Dereham reached their target for the loss of five wickets thanks to the efforts of skipper Duncan Hewitt (45) and Jay Eastoe-Smith (28).

They moved above Bradfield, whose game at home to Horsford was abandoned.

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Bradenham, who play in their first ever Carter Cup semi-final this Sunday, are now third after beating Hunstanton by four wickets.

Hunstanton posted 176 for seven, but that was not enough to prevent a Bradenham victory.

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Swardeston A were unable to polish off Garboldisham and had to settle for a 90pc winning draw.

Replying to Swardeston's 156 for eight, Garboldisham's Neville Kemp hit 58, but Kevin Cooper took four for 18 to ensure the hosts were struggling to win the game. Garboldisham finished on 145 for nine and took a greater share of the points for attaining 90pc of their target.

Dersingham beat North Runcton A by seven wickets. Chasing Runcton's 147 for eight, Dersingham wrapped up victory in fine style - and ensured an extra bonus point for getting 150 - by hitting a six when the scores were level.

In Division Three, leaders Sheringham lost some ground after failing to finish off Fakenham.

Another powerhouse batting display from Ravi Pushpakumara (100) allowed Sheringham to rack up 240 for seven, although Daniel Hubbard claimed five for 53.

Stuart Smith grabbed five wickets in the Fakenham innings, but they held on for a losing draw, Graham Ridler (39) their top scorer in a final total of 176 for nine.

Mundford's 75-run win at home to East Harling saw them close the gap on Sheringham to seven points.

Steve Dixon hit 80 in Mundford's 163, with Tom Alexander (three for 22) and Stuart Ayton (three for 42) both in good form with the ball.

But Harling were blown away for 88 when they batted, Mitch Troy taking three for 22 and Matt Alsop three for 39.

Hillington remain in the promotion hunt after a

six-wicket win at home to Beccles A.

Tony Wright scored 40 in Beccles' 155 all out, in which Harry Bix took remarkable figures of four for four.

Mark Osbourne then fired 51 as Hillington eased past that score.

Eighteen wickets fell and less than 200 runs were scored in the day in Norwich A's game at home to Ashmanhaugh.

The visitors were bowled out for 84, Craig Roberts claiming six for 19 and Norwich just managed to edge home, for the loss of eight wickets.

Downham Town A moved up to fourth as they beat Swaffham by 54 runs.

Andrew Arndt's 49 helped Downham to 190 for seven, with Ian Walsh taking three for 37.

Colin Yates made 30 in Swaffham's response, but Josh Stuart (four for 43) bowled Downham to victory, as they dismissed their opponents for 136.

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