Major bowling effort as North Runcton take over at top

Bircham's Will Pillinger, who scored 103 against Topcroft in Alliance Div 6.'Photo: Ronnie Heyhoe

Bircham's Will Pillinger, who scored 103 against Topcroft in Alliance Div 6.'Photo: Ronnie Heyhoe

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Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Division One

NRCC 178-9 off 50 overs beat Dereham 167-10 off 44.4 overs by 11 runs

North Runcton took over at the top despite batting first and getting off to a poor start, losing V Yadav in the second over on Saturday.

G Rawlings and A Dobing soon followed leaving North Runcton on 24-3.

The fightback began with M Crisp and N Freeman who batted sensibly until Crisp was dismissed for 15. Freeman continued to bat well with support from Ben Allsop (20), until he was caught and bowled for 47. At 131-8 Runcton were struggling but a good batting partnership from Tim Coote (32) and Josh Ring (21*) ensured they ended on a respectable 178-9.

Allsop got an early breakthrough in Dereham’s reply. After this the game was always in the balance, with Runcton taking regular wickets. Spin twins Jack Major (5-57 off 13 overs) and Ring (3-44 off 13) both bowled well. Allsop grabbed the final wicket.

Clanpress man of the match: Jack Major.

Alliance Division Three

Swaffham 158-6 (8 points) losing draw with North Runcton A 237-9 (17)

Runcton ‘A’ 237-9 in 46 overs (D. Faivelowitz 35, M. Bunting 45, D Cubitt 43, J. Payne 5-2-17-2, M. Dye Snr 12-1-49-3, D. Annakin 12-2-43-2).

Swaffham 158-6 in 46 overs (J. Payne 82*, A. Dale 13*, T. Webb 9-2-18-2, M. Annakin 10-2-22-3).

Leaders Swaffham’s winning streak came to an abrupt end as North Runcton carried on their good form with the bat away from home and moved up to second place.

Runcton were left frustrated for the second week in succession as their opponents batted out for a draw.

Just like they have done in previous weeks captain Darryn Faivelowitz and Mark Bunting started very well putting on a partnership of 83 inside 13 overs. Faivelowitz was trapped LBW by Maurice Dye, before Bunting soon fell to the same bowler.

Andrew Barrett and Tom Bunting both looked in good form before they departed for 18 and 14 respectively.

Darren Cubitt carried on his excellent form hitting a fine 43 and Ben Skipper 17 brought up the run rate and set the perfect platform for Bob Belcher to strike an impressive 24 towards the end of the innings. Pick of the bowlers were Maurice Dye and David Annakin with Payne also picking up two wicket maidens at the end.

In reply Swaffham owe everything to the brilliance of Jasper Payne who, despite not always looking at his fluent best, scored his sixth consecutive 50 with an unbeaten 82 to secure a draw. Things could have been different had the visitors held on to one of the three chances he offered.

The hosts’ response never got going as Runcton bowled a disciplined line and length throughout the innings.

Payne saw the score go from 64-2 to 65-5 as Upton was dismissed to a loose shot and Dye Jnr and Dorling both succumbed to ‘interesting’ dismissals. Brockman-Smith departed on 87-6.

Andrew Dale (13*) and Payne recorded an unbeaten 71 to ensure Runcton did not claim full points.

Pick of the bowlers were Mike Annakin, including two wickets in two balls, and Tom Webb. Bunting was the other wicket taker with 1-31.

Next Runcton entertain recently relegated Bungay who are struggling near the bottom of the table.

Swaffham remain top but need to bounce back strongly after being outperformed in all three departments.

The Builders Shop MoM: Darren Cubitt.

Swaffham MoM: Jasper Payne (82 and 2-17).

l Defending champions Downham lost to promoted side Brooke on Saturday.

Brooke are 11 points clear at the top, with Fakenham level in second in the Premier, after losing to Diss, alongside Stow, who lost to Sprowston.

The in-form Diss batting line-up posted 261-9. Fakenham were bowled out for just 144 to lose for the first time this season.

Stow posted 200, but lost by five wickets.

NACO Cup

NRCC 181-6 off 43 overs beat Sprowston 178-9 off 50 overs by 4 wkts

Sprowston’s innings was dominated by one batsman on Sunday, Purton with 125.

North Runcton wicket takers were: Ben Skipper (4), M Crisp (2) and one apiece for Jack Major, Mike Annakin and Tom Webb. Pick of the bowlers was paceman Skipper who secured figures of 30-4 off 10 overs.

In reply North Runcton started well with a solid opening partnership of 31 from Tim Coote and G Rawlings (15).

T Bunting came and went quickly for 8, with Coote continuing to score well until he fell for 30, and Harry Lankfer a free-flowing 26.

Captain on the day Crisp played a patient controlled innings of 32* ensuring North Runcton surpassed the Sprowston total.

Special mention to Major who played brilliantly to finish off the game, by scoring a quick-fire 34.

EOC man of the match: Ben Skipper.