North Runcton beat Fakenham off final ball of Norfolk Alliance game

North Runcton's overseas player Dean Robinson, who top scored with 90, in the win over Fakenham.

North Runcton's overseas player Dean Robinson, who top scored with 90, in the win over Fakenham.

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North Runcton CC beat Fakenham CC off the final ball of this Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division derby.

After heavy early morning rain, the game was reduced to 30 overs per side and Fakenham chose to bowl first. Two early wickets left North Runcton at 25 for 2 at the start of the tenth over, Mark Skipper bowled for 8 and Nick Freeman caught for 7.

Ben Coote (17) and Kiwi Dean Robinson played positively to double the total in the next four overs with some hard hit boundaries. After the loss of Coote, Andrew Barrett continued the aggressive approach with a quick-fire 13 as Robinson continued to accumulate with shots all round the ground. Ben Allsop supported Robinson with some well judged singles allowing Robinson to further accelerate, including 19 off one over.

Robinson finally fell for 90 aiming one big hit too many. Allsop finished things off in style with two sixes from the final two balls of the innings to leave him undefeated on 42 and Runcton to finish on 184.

Fakenham came out with all guns blazing and were soon up with the run rate as Chad Bowes and L Finlay were quick to seize on anything loose. Allsop kept a semblance of control with a fine spell of 6 overs, 1 for 15, but it was the introduction of spin which turned things Runcton’s way. Joshy Ring kept things tight while Jack Major took wickets at regular intervals, finishing with 5 for 30. Good outfielding and catching supported the bowlers as Mike Annakin weighed in with a fine catch, run out and wicket.

Fakenham were finally bowled out from the last ball of the game bowled by Ben Skipper with the help of a sharp stumping by Michael Crisp.

Scores: North Runcton CC 1st XI 184-6 (30) 23pts; Fakenham CC 1st XI 150-10 (30) 5pts.

Ring Associates Man of the Match: Jack Major.

Ball sponsor: Clanpress.

l Sprowston CC 5pts v Downham Town CC 5pts, rain.

Norfolk Cricket League

Well, it’s starting to sound like a worn out record, but once again the rain played havoc with the NCL fixture list, writes Tim Porter.

This week I’m sure at 9am everyone was looking forward to a game; by 12.30pm many hopes had been dashed. Only 21 fixtures survived this week, and 95 per cent of those were shortened.

In Level 1, Blundeston managed a much needed win, beating Caister at home.

Denver were all out for 77 against Snettisham before Snettisham’s Jonathon Forder took control of the game, scoring 52 to give the visitors a comfortable win.

Cringleford travelled the short distance to Saxlingham for a much-needed victory, Paul Arthurs and Colin Stearman with 40’s, ably backed up with 5-20 for Rob Duffey saw them home despite Andy Steele taking 4-45.

Level 2 saw only two games completed.

In 3 West, the only game completed saw Beetley beat Bircham A with Mark Hinchliffe of Beetley the stand-out performer, taking 4-28.

Tony Exley’s 43no helped Swaffham A to a surprise win over Thornham in 4NW. No other games survived in this division.

Rumour has it that the weather will be improving for next weekend. Let’s hope so, as I suspect we have many frustrated cricketers out there.

l The Doctor Fisher Cup semi-final between Sandringham and Dereham will take place on Tuesday at Fakenham and the winner will play Bradenham in the final, again at Fakenham, on Friday, July 22, both 6pm start.