West Norfolk League round-up: Ruddick sees Hockwold home again

Cricket. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Cricket. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Hockwold and Snettisham both maintained their perfect starts to the season in Division One, writes Kevin Fisher.

Opener Anthony Ruddick carried his bat for the second week running, scoring 73 not out with Joel Gilmour adding 54 in Hockwold's total of 209 for 8. Jim Parker took 3 for 23 for Heacham.

Anthony Sadler offered the most resistance with 49 as Heacham were bowled out for 86. Euan Gilmour took 4 for 22 and David Spencer 3 for 6 including a hat-trick to complete a 123 run victory.

James Peach was 47 not out as Denver reached 170 for 5 in their 45 overs. An unbeaten third wicket partnership of 123 between Ryan Twiddy (57) and Matthew Herbert (41)saw Snettisham through to an eight wicket victory.

Gooderstone continued their perfect start to sit top of Division Two with a 38-run victory over Sandringham A. Ben Wilkinson hit an unbeaten 74 in a total of 174 with Adi Nicol taking 4 for 33 and Cameron Bear 3 for 38. James Hearmon smashed 71 including seven fours and five sixes as Sandringham A were bowled out for 136 with Ben Wilkinson taking 3 for 20 and Andy Dixon 3 for 21. Matthew Coe scored 64 and Jonathan Coe 43 as Narborough A scored 199 for 5 in their 45 overs. In reply Fakenham III were bowled out for 49.

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After the opposition had called off twice, Downham B finally got to play a game of cricket. Batting first they reached 167 for 9 with Tuhin Islam scoring 56. Then 52 from Sam Molyneux and an unbeaten 75 from Nicky Whales ensured Castle Acre won by eight wickets.

In Division Three Gayton, Snettisham A and Dersingham A share the lead, with all three teams on 44 points.

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Gayton reached 191 for 9 with Jack Cotton taking 3 for 30 and Callum Smith 3 for 14. Despite a knock of 66 from Michael Hazel, Dersingham A were bowled out for 137 to give Gayton a 54 run victory.

Snettisham scored 165 for 8 with Tom Gilbert taking 3 for 24 and Freddie Palmer 3 for 45 for Denver A. Despite an unbeaten 54 from Daniel Clifton, David LeMoier (4 for 35) and Connor Grief (3 for 18) bowled Snettisham to victory by seven runs. Bircham A openers Craig Hughes and Robin Tuck knocked off the total of 126 set by 9 man Gooderstone A.

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