West Norfolk Cricket League: Division One shoot-out for the top two


- Credit: Archant Norfolk

Division One leaders Hockwold take a 12-point lead into the final match of the season, which by coincidence is against nearest challengers Snettisham.

Captain Roy Bland top scored with 107 with good support from Michael Hammond with 37 as Hockwold reached 215 for eight. With ball in hand, Roy then took 5-17 as nine-man Northwold were bowled out for 67.

Snettisham piled on the runs scoring 279 for three with 88 from Matthew Herbert. Shane Fisher scored 36 as Hillington were bowled out for 142 with Ryan Twiddy taking 3-5 and Nathan Jeavons 3-34.

Heacham recorded their first win of the season with a 103-run victory over Castle Rising, Anthony Sadler scoring 80 and Matthew Blake an unbeaten 72.

Sandringham secured a narrow victory over Denver by four wickets with one ball left in the match.

With the merger with the Norfolk Cricket League planned for next year, the provisional finishing places will see the Division One champions take their place in the Norfolk Alliance. This is the only finishing place still to be decided next week, when Hockwold visit Snettisham. Positions three to five are already confirmed so Sandringham, Castle Rising and Denver will be placed in Division One of the restructured and regionalised NCL. Positions six to eight, Northwold, Hillington and Heacham, will be placed in Division Two West.

Everything is still to play for at the top of Division Two as all three challengers for the title won this week.

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Gooderstone still have it in their own hands with a maximum point win against Hospital, scoring 222 for six with Kevin Bandy unbeaten on 64 before Hospital were bowled out for 97.

Narborough A are 14 points behind Gooderstone as they beat Downham B by 12 runs.

Castle Acre beat Fakenham 3rds by 77 runs and are 18 points behind Gooderstone with a game in hand. They play the leaders in what could be a title decider next week.

The top three are battling for the top two positions, which will take their place in Division Two West of the NCL next season.

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