Tooke takes Downham by surprise on opening day
Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Premier Division: Defending champions Downham suffered a surprise 34-run defeat at Diss on the opening day of the new season.
The hosts batted first and their total of 167 for seven was heavily reliant on the contribution of David Tooke, pictured, who made 99. Robbie Tooke then claimed four for 40 as Downham, who have won the title for the past four seasons, were bowled out for 133.
Fakenham marked their return to the Alliance with a six-wicket win at Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.
Ian Slegg took four for 40 as Wanderers posted 217 for nine, Jeremy Elliott top scoring with 39.
Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (74) and skipper Ben Harvey (75) wiped out most of that target with an opening stand of 165 and Fakenham won with more than 10 overs to spare.
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Brooke signalled their intentions for a strong season with a 153-run thumping of Vauxhall Mallards A.
South African Jeandre Jumat (105) hammered a century on his Brooke debut, hitting four sixes and 14 fours in his 94-ball innings. John Habershon chipped in with 55no as Brooke made 299 for seven.
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Steve Goldsmith's brisk 52 gave Mallards a decent start, but Jumat took three for 32 and there were two wickets apiece for Tom Nudd, Stuart Pritty and Oli Stamp as Mallards were all out for 146.
Last year's Division One champions Sprowston acclimatised well to the step up in standard, winning by six wickets at Lowestoft.
Rob Purton took four for 21 on his return to the club as Lowestoft were dismissed for 121, before Sprowston successfully knocked off the runs.
North Runcton claimed a three-wicket win in a hard-fought West Norfolk derby at Stow.
Stow were all out for 129 as Keiran Bunting took four for 34. Runcton openers Alistair Price (50) and Simon McInerney (36) put their side on course with a stand of 86, before a collapse saw seven wickets fall for the addition of 38 runs, with Josh Ring – who played for Runcton last year – taking four for 16. Stow were unable to complete a miraculous turnaround as Runcton won in the 35th over.