Fifty from Forder keeps Snettisham at top of table

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In Norfolk Cricket League Division One, Snettisham still lead and remain unbeaten after week four.

Snettisham travelled to Great Yarmouth, restricting them to 119 and then knocking them off for the loss of two wickets with John Forder making 52.

Kirkley and Belton inflicted the first defeat on Sandringham with Abdul Rehman making 59.

James Banham matched that with 59 for Sandringham.

Saxlingham and Denver both recorded their first wins, Saxlingham overcoming Caister with Ollie Brown making 102, Craig Beadon 68 and Craig Neave taking 6-32. Denver’s win came at the expense of struggling Blundeston.

Down a level and in 2 West the battle of the front runners went to Castle Acre as they overcame Castle Rising, despite Castle Acre’s Sam Molyneux making 53 and Tom Brown taking 5-25.

East Harling’s first win came at home to bottom of the table North Elmham.

At Garboldisham Jack Stevenson made 102 for the home side, Heacham’s Anthony Sadler made 118no but Garboldisham held on to win.

Reepham and Salle put in a disciplined performance to overcome Northwold.

In 3 West, despite making 198-5 (Rob Steele 58) Swanton Morley’s bowlers were unable to make inroads into the Holt batting attack as they made 202-2 (Mike Spillat 89no and Robin Thaxter 78no).

King’s Lynn Hospital continue to struggle, this time going down to Dersingham A. Bircham made 211 thanks to Craig Hughs’ 52, while Adie Balls’ 5-35 helped restrict Saham Toney A to 164 despite Dan Bowman making 53.

Narborough proved too strong for Beeston.

Across level 4 there were some good games and fine performances. In 4 North West James Dorling hit 94 as Swaffham A travelled successfully to Castle Rising A.

Thornham continue to press at the top, Steven Lucas with 50, Dickie Sayers 63 and Chris Burgess with 54 gave them too many runs for Mundford A to match, especially with Kev Williamson taking 4-26.

In 4 South West, Callum Futter with 113 and Josh Hall with 68no helped North Elmham A stay at the top at the expense of a plucky Swanton Morley A team.

Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance

Premier Division

Old Buckenham 148-10 (48.3) 21pts beat Downham Town 133-10 (46.5) 6pts by 15 runs

Downham visited Old Buckenham on Saturday looking to notch their first win of the season.

Having lost the toss, Downham were asked to field. Old Buckenham had a slow but solid start with the opening pair reaching 83 without loss before Ian Harrison finally made the breakthrough in the 25th over, trapping Perry (44) leg before wicket. From that point the game swayed the way of Downham with Nick Kelly in particular bowling well taking 3 for 19 from his 10 overs.

Wickets continued to tumble and Addam Todd came back to clean up the tail also ending with 3 for 19 from 9.3 overs. Old Buckenham finished on 148 all out, a total Downham felt very achievable at the half way point.

Coming out to bat Downham Town also started well with the opening pair of Gould and Tansley putting on 46 for the first wicket. The next 10 overs however were to put a massive dent in Town’s hopes with Jonny Lee taking five wickets in a period where Downham fell from 46 for 0 to 50 for 5.

The innings of Downham was in need of rebuilding and Ian Harrison and Joss Stuart (41) did just that and with 23 to win off the final 10 overs Town would have felt they were in the driving seat.

The partnership of 56 was broken however by Meredith and the last three wickets fell quickly with Downham finishing 15 short.

It was another disappointing defeat from a winning position for Downham Town, who host Cromer next weekend and will need to put on a much better all-round performance.

CGM Group MoM – Joss Stuart.