West Norfolk Cricket League: Hockwold take title on net run rate

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- Credit: Archant Norfolk

In a thrilling climax to the Division One title race Snettisham hosted leaders Hockwold with a 12-point deficit to make up.

Snettisham won the toss and fielded first. Captain Roy Bland top scored with 49, with good support from Anthony Ruddick with 35. Kieran Herbert took 5-34 and Damien Twiddy 3-14.

Hockwold's last pair Steve Barrett and Bert Marlow held out for seven overs to deny Snettisham the last bowling point, which proved vital, as Hockwold's innings closed on 146-9.

As Hockwold held the advantage with a better net run rate over the season, Snettisham needed to win without losing more than two wickets. Jonathan Forder went for a duck early to make the task harder but a 48-run partnership between Lewis Jeavons 39 and Ryan Twiddy 27 gave Snettisham hope.

Garry Butcher took the important third wicket to secure Hockwold the title. Tony Park 26no and Kieran Herbert 25no saw Snettisham home to victory in the 42nd over for a six-wicket win, which meant both teams then finished on 231 points. Over a long season, it all came down to Hockwold's final net run rate of 1.82 being better than Snettisham's 1.41 to see them crowned champions of the West Norfolk Cricket League.

Following the merger with the Norfolk Cricket League scheduled for the start of next season, teams can look forward to competing in a new, regionally based NCL of 10 divisions.

In Division Two, Gooderstone missed the chance to secure the title and now must wait to see if Castle Acre can score eight points or more in their rescheduled match against Hospital next week. Sam Molyneux top scored with 28 as Castle Acre reached 125 all out. Tom Brown took 4-21 as Gooderstone were bowled all out for 83 to suffer only their second defeat of the season.

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In Division Three, Paul Ingram had impressive bowling figures of 10-7-10-5 as Bircham A were bowled out for 89 with Robin Tuck scoring 31.

Michael Herbert was unbeaten on 31 as Snettisham A reached 93 for five in the 27th over to win by five wickets and finish third behind Bircham A by four points.

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