West Norfolk League: Bircham closer to crown

Bircham moved a step closer to winning the Division One title as they opened up a 23-point lead with two games remaining after a 94-run victory over last season's champions Denver.

Will Pillinger topscored with 91 with good support from John King with 73 as they scored 254 for 4. Kevin Cornwell scored 50 as Denver finished on 160 for 9 with Jamie Forster taking 5 for 31. Terrington lead the chasing pack as they beat Downham Town B by 55 runs. Adam Hodgson hit an unbeaten 50 in their 184 for 4 and Graham Moore took 4 for 33 as Downham Town B replied with 129 all out.

Snettisham are just two points behind Terrington after a six-wicket victory against Castle Rising, who only managed to score 104 all out, with Tony Park picking up 4 for 25.

Ian Perrin topscored with 57 as Sandringham scored 147 for 5. Joe Peveritt took 4 for 29 as Long Sutton managed 107 all out to give Sandringham victory by 40 runs. An opening partnership of 113 between Marcus Ringwood (50) and Dave Lambourne (24) got Hayley East Anglia off to a good start.

Adam Burch accelerated the scoring with a fine 84 as they finished on 252 for 3. Hospital slumped to their heaviest defeat as captain James Dye watched all the wickets tumble at the other end as he carried his bat for an unbeaten 21. Hayley East Anglia opening bowlers Neil Irwin (5 for 21) and Chris Smith (4 for 18 ) dismissed Hospital for 42 in a maximum points 210-run victory. It was a vital win that takes them out of the relegation zone with 12 points between them and Downham Town B.

Northwold inflicted Castle Acre's first Divison Two defeat to keep their promotion hopes alive. Adi Seymour scored an unbeaten 54 in Northwold's 205 for 8 and then shared eight wickets with David English as Castle Acre were shot out for 94.

Swaffham A's Josh Joachim scored 58no in a six-wicket victory over Mundford A.

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Hockwold hit the biggest score of the day as Simon Groom smashed 168 in their 380 for 9.

Carl Smith, batting at number 10, managed to get to 50no and Thornham's Will Dodds took 5 for 73. Bert Marlow took 4 for 16 as the eight men of Thornham replied with 82 all out.

Division Three: Dan Blackmuir (Hillington A, 5-29); Steve Jones (Smettisham A, 70), Nathan Jeavons (Denver A, 5-21).

Division Four: P Fuller (Dereham B, 77 no, 4-36), J Spinks (Dereham B, 54): Robert Flowers (Downham C, 65no), Colin Edwards (Downham C, 95no), Dom Corbutt (Downham C, 4-35).

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