By George! Rawlings hits ton for in-form Runcton

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North Runcton first XI have started their Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Alliance season well, with a winning draw in the most recent game at Garboldisham.

The first innings was dominated by a chanceless 130 from George Rawlings as Runcton amassed 299 for 7.

Vib Yadav (54), Michael Crisp (44) and Tim Coote (20 not out) supported Rawlings who was in imperious form with 17 fours and three sixes. Runcton could not break down a stubborn home side who finished on 174 for 5.

Brown and Co man of the match: George Rawlings.

This followed wins against Topcroft and Mattishall.

Topcroft were bowled out for 158 with three wickets each for Ben Allsop and Ben Skipper. After an opening partnership of 59 between Mark Skipper (33) and George Rawlings (21), Sid Dobing (42no) held the innings together through a middle order collapse. Coote (16no) helped Dobing see Runcton through to victory by five wickets.

Clanpress MoM: Sid Dobing.

Away at Mattishall, Runcton posted 215 for 9 with the in-form Dobing hitting a quick fire 56, Yadav 31 and Crisp 29.

Mattishall were bowled out for 122 with Yadav 4 for 35, Jack Major 4 for 28 and Allsop 2 for 24.

The Builders Shop MoM: Vib Yadav.

Alliance Division Three

North Runcton 2nd XI (22 points) beat Great Melton 2nd XI (4) by 7 wickets

Runcton secured their first victory of the season in convincing fashion against newly promoted Melton.

Restricting the visitors to 166-9 from their 46 overs, pick of the bowlers for the home side was Will Lankfer who bowled his 12 overs straight through, taking 3-26 and looking a constant threat throughout.

Nick Freeman also took three wickets and finished with figures of 3-55 from 11 overs. The other wicket takers were Mike Annakin 1-28 from 11 and Bob Belcher 2-23 from six.

In reply openers Darryl Faivelowitz and Mark Bunting got their side off to a flyer hitting boundaries all-round the ground early on. Their partnership was finally broken on 86 when Faivelowitz was dismissed for 43 off 43 balls, which included five fours and one six. Bunting followed soon after for 44 off just 38 balls, which included five fours and two sixes.

Freeman finished on 43no from just 41 balls, with three fours.

Clanpress MoM: Will Lankfer.

Swaffham (21 points) beat Mallards A (2) by 8 wickets

Vauxhall Mallards 120-10 in 36.2 overs (C. Amos 38, S. Goldsmith 17, J. Payne 10-2-28-5, M. Brockman-Smith 7-0-23-1, D. Annakin 5-1-24-1, J. Coggles 7.2-1-16-3). Swaffham 123-2 in 26.2 overs (M. Eagle 12, J. Payne 62*, C. Upton 33*).

Swaffham increased their early season lead at the summit of Division Three to 15 points after an impressive win on Saturday.

Despite having lost a few players to the celebrations at Carrow Road, Swaffham, whose captain Mark Eagle lost the toss, bowled well without picking up an early wicket. Again the introduction of David Annakin saw the first wicket fall with the score on 28 and after number three Allard played a few nice shots he was dismissed LBW to Brockman-Smith for 12.

This resulted in Steve Goldsmith arriving at the crease to join his former Norfolk colleague Carl Amos.

The innings was starting to look ominous for Swaffham until the introduction of Jack Coggles. Coggles, promoted to the first team after a good performance for the second team the week previously, bowled a maiden before drinks then in his next over he dismissed Amos for 38.

Coggles had Harmer caught behind before Jasper Payne got in on the act. Payne dismissed Goldsmith on his way to an impressive five wickets as Mallards collapsed from 89-2 to 120 all out.

Swaffham knew a good start was crucial to chase the below-par total; unfortunately both openers fell early. Puckey (4) was bounced out and Eagle (12) soon after inside-edged a delivery from the pacey Ing.

However, from this precarious position an unbeaten partnership of 102 between Payne and Chris Upton made short work of the target.

Payne scored his third consecutive unbeaten 50 in the league to follow his five wicket haul while Upton again provided an unyielding support act. Upton also delivered the highlight of the chase, crashing Goldsmith for a huge six over midwicket.

Swaffham could welcome up to four players into the side for next weekend’s local derby at Downham ‘A’ as they seek to make it four wins in a row.

MoM: Jasper Payne for his combined efforts with bat (62no) and ball (5-28).