Denver rally in Norfolk Cricket Alliance
Denver recovered from a poor start with both the bat and ball before defeating Rocklands in Division Four of the Norfolk Alliance.
With perfect cricketing weather and on a good looking wicket, Denver won the toss and chose to bowl.
It looked like a poor decision early on, as a combination of some poor bowling and powerful hitting from Noah Coates put Rocklands well on top.
Joe Manning soon came into the attack and produced a brilliant spell, going for just 26 off his eight overs as he helped to stem the flow of runs.
Coates eventually fell to a composed catch by Manning in the deep and after that the Denver bowlers took charge.
The quartet of Chris Rolfe, Joseph Porter, Dan Harper and Sam Dickerson all claimed two wickets as Rocklands were restricted to 171-9 off their 40 overs.
It was an equally poor start to the second innings for Denver, as the top three in the order combined for just 17 runs.
Dan Harper came to the crease and produced a brilliant counter attacking 56 to put Denver back in contention.
When he fell the runs started to slow before Dan Cornwell (47) and Marcus Glover (31 not out) put on 62 for the sixth wicket.
Glover clipped a boundary off the first ball of the final over to see Denver over the line with four wickets to spare.
Lawtronics Man of the Match: Dan Harper.
Shield Premier Division
North Runcton 1sts
lost to Acle by two runs
North Runcton entertained Acle on Sunday and lost a thrilling and enjoyable encounter by two runs off the last ball of the match.
This was a particularly good effort from the nine-man outfit with a guest fielder.
The visitors elected to bat on winning the toss and were tightly marshalled by an excellent opening spell from Lucas Triffitt, who bowled straight and challengingly to finish with 4 for 9 off eight overs.
Acle looked to be struggling to post a competitive total at 100-9 with wickets for Sri Sivaraman, Michael Crisp and Angus Williams, but recovered to 175 all out thanks to a swash-buckling 61 from Hastings who was last out caught superbly low down by Triffitt, off Harry Lankfer.
Runcton’s reply stuttered a little at the start in spite of a hard-hitting 48 from captain Skipper and a forthright 27 from Lankfer which opened the way for Williams and Sivaraman who mastered the attack.
The pairing put on an attractive and aggressive 70-run partnership until Sri fell for 37 leaving Williams unbeaten on 56 and just unable to see the home team to victory.
Acle’s last over bowling proved too straight, which accounted for Runcton’s last two batsmen.