U12: Stow v North Runcton
Stow batted first and got off to a solid start, David Colville (9) and Sam Gilbert (23).
This allowed Jack Challen (6) to come to the crease to continue the good work of the openers.
With the fall of Challen, Arthur Wilcox started to take the game from North Runcton with some big shots and was supported well by Jack Bishop and Zack Newton.
Wilcox retired at the end of the innings for 31, Stow finishing on 105 for 6, with Sherry being the pick of the North Runcton bowlers.
Stow took to the field in a confident mood, and this soon proved to be to be the case with three Runcton wickets back in the pavilion.
Thanks to Jack Challen and Wilcox bowling, Stow again bowled all players and this worked well, as this continued to pile the pressure on the North Runcton batsmen, and wickets fell regularly.
The final wicket fell to Josh Farmen, who had a good debut, with a caught and bowled. leaving North Runcton 41 all out.
FW Deptford Man of the Match: Arthur Wilcox.
Alliance Division Three Hardingham 160 all out (23 points) beat North Runcton A 138 all out (7) by 23 runs
North Runcton fell to a disappointing defeat away at Hardingham, in a match that at the halfway mark at least they will have felt like they were well on top after a superb bowling performance.
They managed to bowl out the home side inside 42 overs for just 160.
The wickets were shared around for the visitors with Ben Skipper taking 2-34 from his seven overs, Bob Belcher 2-22 from just four, Harry Lankfer 1-7 from seven, whose spell included four maidens.
The two pick of the bowlers, however, were Mike Annakin who finished with 2-27 from 10 overs and captain Darren Cubitt 3-13 from 7.5 overs.
In reply North Runcton started badly as danger man Mark Bunting was dismissed third ball.
Lankfer (17), Tom Bunting (10) and Ben Skipper (12) all got starts but couldn’t strike a long enough partnership with opening batsman Aidy Gibson who batted superbly throughout the innings, finishing unbeaten on 65 and certainly didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Despite the defeat North Runcton remain in second place, a long way off runaway leaders Swaffham.
Next weekend Runcton entertain Mallards looking to get back to winning ways.
Clanpress MoM: Aidy Gibson.
NACO Shield, Sunday
Swaffham vs Vauxhall
Swaffham came up 57 runs short in a high scoring contest at Myer’s field.
Mallards totalled 292-2 in only 40 overs as former Norfolk opener Carl Amos batted throughout the innings to score 129 not out. He was ably supported by Wilson and Allen who both recorded 50s.
Swaffham made a good fist in response with several notable contributions coming from Jasper Payne (40), Tom Puckey (39) and David Annakin (29).
However, the most notable innings came from Ryan Bradbury who scored his maiden 50 with 51 off 49 balls.