Wanderers seize top spot

FRANKLY DIGITAL NORFOLK ALLIANCE DIVISIONS PREMIER, ONE & TWO: Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers stormed to the top of the Premier Division as they halted Sprowston's unbeaten start to the season on Saturday.

Nigel Young took four for 39 as Sprowston struggled to post a competitive total at Barton Turf and New Zealander Ben Christensen led the hosts to a seven-wicket victory with an unbeaten 73.

Fakenham remain the only Premier Division team with a perfect record after their maximum points victory against Diss.

James Brown (56) was Fakenham's top scorer, with Diss' Richard West taking four for 61. South African Rudi Hillerman then claimed four for 44 as Fakenham completed a 115-run win, despite Diss skipper Simon Cooper hitting 59.

Patrick Yates hit 90 and Dom Tullett scored 54 for Downham, but they were just unable to finish off west Norfolk rivals North Runcton and had to settle for a winning draw. Addam Todd (four for 33) was Downham's leading bowler.

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Lowestoft claimed their first win of the campaign, as they won by 146 runs at previously unbeaten Cromer. Karl Storey hit 100 and Tom Brice made 50 to set up the Lowestoft success.

Stow also notched their first victory, chasing down a big target to beat fellow strugglers Vauxhall Mallards A by six wickets.

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Steve Goldsmith (109) and James Shipley (57) had put Mallards in a position of strength, but Lee Smith (78no) led Stow to their victory target of 291.

The battle of the two sides relegated from the Premier Division last year saw Acle beat Old Buckenham by 57 runs.

Craig Press made 54 for Acle, with Bucks' Andy Lawrence taking four for 64.

Bradfield moved up to second in Division One, although they could only manage a 90pc losing draw at Norwich A.

Bradenham were involved in their third successive tight finish of the season as visitors Mattishall scrambled a dramatic tie.

Brett Stolworthy (56no) and Kevin Blakey (67no) top scored for the hosts, with Jay Eastoe-Smith hitting 52 in reply for Mattishall. The visitors were left needing two from the final ball for victory, but Gordon Chetwood was run out going for the second run and the match finished all square.

Saxlingham claimed a winning draw at home to Swardeston A, with key contributions from David Maskell (62) and Oliver Browne (71no).

In a closely-fought match at Topcroft, James Goodfellow (78no) and Ian Todd (62) hit half-centuries for the hosts, but Hales managed a 90pc losing draw.

Garboldisham moved to the top of Division Two as Alex Hogg (109no) and Henry Phoenix (75) starred in their 115-run win against Hillington.

Horsford A ended Dereham's perfect start to the season as they won by three wickets at Manor Park, with Tom Whitehouse claiming six for 30. Neil Irons made 60no for Dereham.

Will Dunger (69no) helped Fakenham A bat through for a losing draw at Hethersett & Tas Valley, who had 51 from Simon Redhead.

Richard Turrell hit 74 in Beccles' eight-wicket win over Sheringham and Downham A beat Saham Toney by three wickets.

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