West Norfolk League round-up: ‘Invincibles’ Thornham lift Division Three title despite loss

Cricket. Picture: Bill Smith.

Cricket. Picture: Bill Smith.

Darren Clarke scored 68 and Paul Hudson 59 as Division One Castle Rising beat Denver by 54 runs.

Dan Cornwell (5-38, Denver), Roshan Samarathunga (4-34, Rising) and J Lewis (47 not out, Denver) were the star performers. Luke Fryett took 4-18 and Jethro Agnew 4-20 as Hillington were bowled out for 169, for whom Andrew Jarvis top scored with 37. Sary Rhama took 4-22 as Castle Acre were bowled out for 124 to condemn them to finishing bottom of the top flight.

Jim Parker took 4-30 as Sandringham were bowled for 110. Adam Darlow scored 46 to help Heacham win by seven wickets. Matthew Herbert (51) and Ryan Twiddy (49no) helped Snettisham reach 213-6. Hammad Ali took 3-32 for Terrington. But Kieran Herbert took 5-29 as Terrington were bowled out for 145.

Division Two leaders Northwold visited second-placed Hockwold in a match that could go on to decide the title. Hockwold struggled with Ady Seymour taking 4-12 to bowl them out for just 77. Only Simon Groom (29) reached double figures. Jason Plumpton hit 36no to see Northwold home by seven wickets.

Holt took advantage by moving into second as they beat Hospital by 45 runs. Ciaran Chapman (45) helped Holt reach 142-8, despite the best efforts of AMBiT Projects Ltd man of the match Harisha Sreekantaiah (3-23). However, Hospital never really recovered from being 3-3 as Robin Thaxter took 4-23 to bowl Hospital for 97.

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Dean Tooley took 6-18 to bowl out Swaffham A for 92 as Downham Town B ran triumphed by seven wickets. Gayton recorded their first win despite only having eight players as they posted 82. Mark Tilbrook took 6-17 as Sandringham A could only manage 66 in reply. That victory couldn't prevent Swaffham A from being confirmed as finishing bottom of Division Two though.

The top two in Division Three met with Thornham losing their 100pc record, but being crowned champions with an unassailable 46-point lead. Mark Dewson took 4-14 as Thornham were restricted to 97-9. Fakenham thirds knocked off the runs in the 27th over to win by five wickets.

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