West Norfolk League round-up: Promotion from Division Two comes down to run rate
Division One champions Bircham completed their season with a 40-run victory over Castle Rising.
Snettisham pipped Terrington to the runners-up slot by two points after their nine-wicket victory over Hillington. Gary Raines took 4-35 and Kristian Heffer 3-10 as Hillington were bowled out for 69. Ryan Twiddy scored an unbeaten 32 in reply.
Terrington scored the most runs on Saturday, amassing 277-7 against Denver. There were solid contributions from Jason Young (56) and Mohammed Yousaf (76). But it wasn't enough as they failed to bowl Denver out.
Castle Acre's miserable top-flight return came to an end with another defeat, this time at the hands of Sandringham, as they ended their campaign without a win.
In a nail-biting climax to find out who would get promoted alongside Northwold in Division Two, Hockwold managed to pip Holt on a better run rate as the teams finished on level points. Holt took a two-point lead into the final round of fixtures and beat Narborough A by seven wickets, scoring 18 points. However, Hockwold knocked off Sandringham A's 49-run target for victory without losing a wicket to pick up the maximum 20-point haul. Over the course of the campaign, Holt achieved 0.96 but Hockwold's 1.08 took them into second.
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Relegated Gayton finished with a good win as they beat Gooderstone by 61 runs. Neither relegated Swaffham A nor Downham Town III could raise a team against Northwold and Hospital to end the season on a sad note.
Division Three winners Thornham completed their memorable campaign by beating Dersingham A by 53 runs.
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Fakenham III secured second when Gooderstone II were unable to raise a team.
Bircham finished third, 11 points behind Fakenham, as a result of their 10-wicket victory over Castle Rising II. Tom Pettigrew took 5-11 to help dismiss Castle Rising II for 82. Openers Kevin Crompton (42 not out) and Craig Hughes (37no) knocked off the runs in the 18th over.
Danny Suckling took 4-7 to help bowl Denver out for 113. Danny Suckling scored 30 and Connor Grief an unbeaten 36 to see Snettisham to an eight-wicket victory.