Super start for Sprowston

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two round-up

Premier Division newcomers Sprowston are among the early season pacesetters after they followed their opening day win with a dominant winning draw at home to Brooke.

Rob Purton blasted 108 from 93 balls, including 16 fours and two sixes, while Danny Palmer added 53 as Sprowston topped 300, with Tom Nudd, Jeandre Jumat and Oli Stamp each taking three wickets. Purton then took three for 10, but Richard Timm (42no) ensured Brooke were not bowled out.

Diss claimed their second successive victory, winning at North Runcton by six wickets.

Reigning champions Downham, who were beaten by Diss last weekend, got their season off the ground with a winning draw at home to Lowestoft.


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Downham's Jon Forder smashed 107 from just 63 balls, including 11 fours and six sixes to put the hosts in charge. Mpho Sekhoto (112no) replied with a century to ensure Lowestoft did not buckle.

Cromer's delayed start to the season proved worth the wait as they beat Stow by 54 runs.

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Ollie Kimber top scored with 86 for Cromer and Colin Brown led them to victory, taking four for 19.

Vauxhall Mallards A included Namibian international Gerrie Snyman for his debut against Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers and although he hit 72, he was unable to prevent a six-wicket defeat.

Scott Hayes (four for 37) was Wanderers' leading bowler, while Craig Beeden and New Zealander Ben Christensen (50) saw them complete their victory.

The opening round of Division One matches saw a thrilling one-run success for Bradenham at Topcroft.

Patrick Dewing (57no) and Brett Stolworthy (56) top scored for Bradenham and although Ben Baldwin replied with 61 for Topcroft, the hosts lost their last wicket with two runs needed for victory. Stolworthy took four for 56 and there were three wickets each for fellow youngsters Alex Bates and Ryan Adcock.

Acle picked up maximum points at home to Mattishall.

Geoff Handley fired 94 for the hosts before Rob Porter took five for 30 and Paul Newman weighed in with four for 45 in a 43-run win. Gordon Chetwood (63) and Jason Cole (65) both made half-centuries for Mattishall.

James Heaney's maiden league century enabled the other relegated side from last year, Old Buckenham, to also claim maximum spoils.

He made 117 before three wickets apiece from James Hay and Tom Alexander secured a 134-run victory.

Phil Squire hit 64 as Hales & Loddon edged to an exciting, last ball one-wicket win at Saxlingham, despite Will Burnell taking four for 43 for the hosts. Earlier Antony Pearson (72) and David Adams (59) had been the mainstays of the Saxlingham batting effort.

Jez Wright (five for 31) led Bradfield to a 64-run win over Swardeston A. Earlier Bradfield's Dave Yarham top scored with 55 and Swardeston's Dale Reynolds took three for 34.

In Division Two, Dereham skipper Duncan Hewitt (77) and Joe Marczewski (66) led their team to a four-wicket triumph at Hethersett & Tas Valley, despite a star all-round display from Tas' Matthew Ellis (72 and four for 41).

Jack Gould's unbeaten 57 saw Downham A win by five wickets at Horsford A, who had 50 from Ryan Moore.

Fakenham A claimed a winning draw at Hillington, with Luke Findlay firing 73 and Ian Slegg taking four for 16.

Steve Hudson claimed four for 48 for Sheringham, but their batting crumbled at Garboldisham as the hosts' Jack Peart took four for 26.

Beccles had half-centuries from Ian Ruddock (70no) and Richard Porter (59), but Simon Mower hit back with 68no for Saham Toney to wrap up a six-wicket win. Saham's Paul Norman earlier took five for 43.

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