Wood sends Great Melton to top of tree

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Three, Four, Five and Six: Richard Wood's century helped Great Melton climb to the top of Division Three as they beat Swaffham by 85 runs.

Wood fired 111 and Dave Allum added 79, before Mark Scott (four for 51) bowled Melton to victory. Anthony Reeve (84no) offered some resistance for Swaffham.

Previous leaders Sprowston A suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost by six wickets to Acle A. Richie Williams made 65 for Sprowston, but Shane Tovell (57) and Mark Ames (53) steered Acle towards their target.

Swardeston B picked up a winning draw against Great Witchingham B. Rob Ebbage (74) and Robbie Bridgstock (65) top scored for Swardeston and although Jason Reynolds took four for 29, Witchingham were not bowled out, with Rob Gurney hitting 82.

Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway collected their first win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers North Runcton A. Darren Laws (101), Marcus Bishop (77) and Ben Wilgoss (54) helped Kirkley rack up a big score, before Bishop also starred with the ball, taking seven for 18.

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Half-centuries from Bernie Everett (51) and Alex Metcalfe (52) helped Ashmanhaugh to a hard-fought two-wicket win over Dersingham. Metcalfe also took four for 38, while for Dersingham, Jason Southgate made 85no and Manny Sayers claimed four for 39.

Seventeen-year-old wicketkeeper Brendan Scott pouched seven catches as Hardingham beat Narborough by eight wickets in Division Four. Another teenager, Toby Fletcher, bagged five for 20 and Jason Goodrum collected four for 31 for Hardingham.

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Leaders Old Buckenham A crushed bottom side Bradenham A by 125 runs. Mark Dunnett scored 88 and Phil King returned figures of four for 25.

Thetford moved up to third after their 83-run win against Hethersett & Tas Valley A. Liam Conroy (95) and Mick Piggott (63) set the tone for Thetford and although Stuart Cooper responded with 60 for Tas, their batting effort was undermined by Matthew Kerling (four for 25).

Cromer A picked up a winning draw at Norwich B, while Bungay beat Mundford by three wickets.

Troy Allen blasted 96no to keep Aldborough top of Division Five, as they beat Great Melton A by six wickets. Jason Whiddett hit 55 for Melton.

Jon Olpin scored 74 as Swardeston-CEYMS won by six wickets at Diss A, who had a half-century from Tim Courridge (54).

Patrick Hill (55no) steered Halvergate to a five-wicket triumph against Rocklands.

Clive Bennett (66) and Matthew Carver (56) were in form for Brooke A, but they could not stop Winterton winning by five wickets, as Martin Witheridge (63) and Geoff Roper (53no) both hit half-centuries.

Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A won by 73 runs at Stow A.

Mattishall A's Jack Grant took five for 38 in an eight-wicket win at Dereham A in Division Six, with Paul Beaumont (60no) completing the formalities.

Half-centuries from Tom Miller (63) and Julian Brown (53) set up Vauxhall Mallards B's 105-run win over Thetford A, while Tim Alexander hit 67 in Topcroft A's winning draw at Lowestoft A.

Andy Freake (52no) and Matt Allen (four for 25) were the star performers in Garboldisham A's six-wicket success at home to Beccles A.

Saxlingham A beat Bradfield A by seven wickets.

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