Sutton junior is on the ball

Youngster Frankie Sutton caught the eye as Norwich kept their promotion bid on track with a six wicket success against Cromer in the Premier Division.

The son of former Norwich City striker Chris Sutton is quickly making a name for himself in a different sport, and he took four wickets for just six runs on Saturday as the visitors were dismissed for just 99.

Norwich knocked off the runs required with the minimum of fuss to pick up 20 points and move just one behind second placed Downham, who were without a game at the weekend.

Sprowston are now 17 points clear at the top after recording a predictable win over bottom side Ashmanaugh and Barton Wanderers, who never-the-less gave a good account of themselves. The underdogs made 182 for 9 from 50 overs, Gareth Hopkins top scoring with 30. The Sprowston wickets were shared around, with Andy Hanby, Sam Niblett. Matt Foster and Rob Purton each taking two apiece.

While a commendable effort, it was never likely to be enough to test the leaders, who took only 35 overs to knock off the runs with Foster making 72, Purton 54 and Danny Palmer an unbeaten 40.

Fakenham's disappointing season continued as they slipped to fourth from bottom in the table after losing to Diss. Skipper Keegan Monahan-Fairlie played a real captain's innings of 91 as Fakenham made 191 for nine but it was a below par effort overall and with Philip Squire (56 not out) starring their opponents got home for the loss of just three wickets.

At the bottom Stow moved to within two points of fellow strugglers Cromer, albeit from one more game, after a draw with North Runcton, for whom Jon Forder scored 80.

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In Division One Topcroft closed the gap on leaders Swardeston A to just two points after recording an emphatic win at Bradfield, who continue to struggle. The hosts were dismissed for 148, Sean Grimes contributing 53, and Topcroft then got past their target for the loss of just three wickets, with James Goodfellow unbeaten on 71.

Swardeston had to be content with a winning draw against Acle despite a fine knock of 95 from Steve Cadge in a total of 205 for seven. Acle finished on 164 for seven, with Craig Press unbeaten on 52.