Tense finale as Yarmouth experience run out woe
Lucas Fettes Norfolk League: David Debenham scored 64 and Kevin Jones took five for 28 as Hales & Loddon A won a thrilling Division One encounter at Yarmouth by two runs.
Yarmouth were two runs short of the Hales & Loddon total when their number 11 was run out off the penultimate ball of the match. Hales were indebted to a fine spell of swing bowling from 13-year-old Chris Read who did not concede a run in his five overs. Paul Vickers had earlier taken four for 23 for Yarmouth.
Ketteringham Hall heaped on the agony for bottom of the table Shipdham by romping to a nine-wicket win in Division One. Mick Mackenzie was the star of the show for Hall, taking seven for 25.
Old Catton moved up to second with a four-wicket win at home to Drayton. Jonathan Cooke top scored with 55 for Old Catton and Max Smith added 42, while Drayton's Michael Mario-Ghae fired 87 and featured in a seventh wicket stand of 107 with skipper Phil Soanes (24no).
Rollesby remain out in front after their seven-wicket win at Caister, while East Harling maintained their challenge with a 24-run triumph over Cringleford Lodge, Doug Howe taking four for 18.
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Division Two leaders Norwich Bystanders were beaten by four wickets at Happisburgh. Chris Wilson took four for 38 and Wayne Catchpole made 44no for the hosts.
That allowed Felthorpe to go level at the top with Bystanders, as they beat Overstrand by three wickets. Lewis Rayner took three for nine from 11 overs and then fired an unbeaten 43, while Ant Hewett took four for 42.
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Belton thrashed Rackheath by nine wickets, Cameron Nicols taking four for 43 and Steve Day hitting an unbeaten 52.
In Division Three, Drayton A's Jason Trett bundled Saham Toney A out for just 43 with figures of five for 19, including a hat-trick.
Ryan Irvine made 84 for Great Yarmouth A but it wasn't enough to lift them off the bottom as they lost by four wickets at Great Melton B.
Tim Porter hit 58 for Bungay A as they beat Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway A by five wickets. Jamie Ayers made 50 for Kirkley. Norwich Bystanders A's David Asker enjoyed a memorable day as he took his first five-wicket haul in a three-wicket win over Old Catton A in Division Four. Asker took five for 19 and followed up by hitting an undefeated 31. Howard Wing took five for 27 for Old Catton.
Hingham are still top of the table after their batsmen piled on the runs at Winterton A. Sam Guy (75) and Scott Grear Hardy (95) top scored and there was an explosive 54 from 22 balls from Craig Edwards. Nicky Crawley replied with 111 for Winterton but it was not enough.
There were victories for Division Five leaders Hardingham A and Division Six frontrunners Garboldisham B, but the top side in Division Seven, Reepham & Salle, were bowled out for just 54 in a seven-wicket defeat to second-placed Bacton.
Great Witchingham B's Will Rogers took six for 44 in a one-wicket defeat to Hingham A in Division Eight. C Patterson claimed seven for 17 for Hingham.