West Norfolk League: Hockwold stretch lead in derby win


- Credit: Archant Norfolk

Hockwold stretched their lead to 10 points with a maximum points win against Northwold in their derby in Division One.

Hillington were unable to raise a team so second-placed Snettisham were awarded 18 points.

Batting first Hockwold reached 289-3 with Joel Gilmour top scoring with 83. M Plumpton (33) and Ash Drohan (47) put on 82 for the second wicket but Scott Palmer did the damage taking 7-34 to help dismiss Northwold for 128.

Steve Hayes took 4-11 and Usman 3-21 as Castle Rising bowled out Heacham for 71. An unbeaten 39 from Darren Clarke saw Rising to a comfortable nine-wicket victory inside 16 overs.

James Peach took 5-27 as Sandringham were bowled out in the last over for 183 with number nine batsman James Hearmon unbeaten on 50, having struggled to 105-7. Paul Morton then top scored with 53 as Denver reached 141 all out to lose by 42 runs.

In Division Two, Gooderstone remain a point ahead of Castle Acre at the top. Gooderstone were in trouble at 71-7 with Kevin Fisher 4-44 and Aseem Sharma 3-36 amongst the wickets for King's Lynn Hospital.

Ollie Mowles (53) picked a great time to score his maiden 50 as his innings helped lift Gooderstone to 166 all out. Kevin Bandy bowled a miserly spell of 10-5-14-2 to restrict the Hospital scoring before Mark Chalkley's 3-20 kept the pressure on as Hospital were bowled out for 103.

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Good contributions by Dean Wall 40, Sam Molyneux 49, Daniel Cross 31 and Tom Brown 30 helped Castle Acre reach 217 all out with Bethan Cornell taking 5-48 for Fakenham 3rds. Oscar Cambell scored 26 but after that Michael Edwards stole the show with impressive bowling figures of 9-5-10-7 to bowl out Fakenham for 81 to secure victory by 136 runs.

There was a run-fest at Snettisham in Division Three. The home side scored 232 all out with 61 from Danny Suckling and 60 from Connor Grief. Dersingham A were up to the task thanks mainly to 120 from opener Jamie White as they secured victory by three wickets. That win took them to within 17 points of Bircham A with a game in hand, who won by 58 runs at Swaffham A.

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