West Norfolk League round-up: Promotion from Division Two comes down to run rate

Lewis Denmark is clean bowled by James Hale in Swardeston's recent defeat at title rivals Great Witc

Lewis Denmark is clean bowled by James Hale in Swardeston's recent defeat at title rivals Great Witchingham, but reigning champions Swardeston are still on course to retain their title. Photo: Bill Smith

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.

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