Round-up of the action in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance
Downham Stow remain in pole position in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance after a two-wicket away win at Diss on Saturday.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first as Diss started strongly with a few lovely fours from Mbeki Joseph.
Addam Todd bowled extremely accurately from the start with good revolutions and he was soon rewarded by taking the first wicket which was followed soon after by the second.
The pitch offered assistance to the bowlers with variable bounce and spin.
Diss put on a prolonged partnership, with James Harbour and Jared Ryan batting well by mixing aggression and defensive shot play superbly.
Harbour continually put away the bad ball and brought up his half-century in 80 balls.
Samuel Morgan was brought into the attack and claimed the crucial wicket of Harbour for 50 to break Diss’ largest partnership of 90 runs.
Morgan followed up three balls later to claim the wicket of Jared Ryan for 38.
A batting collapse soon followed for Diss who lost seven wickets for 35 runs to eventually post a score of 158. Todd was the pick of the bowlers by claiming 2-21 off 10 overs with five maidens.
Diss started their bowling innings well, showing great discipline with a touch of swing.
They claimed an early wicket when Finlay Wilcox snicked one to the keeper off Harbour’s bowling.
Elliot Santner came out and batted positively with Will Denny by putting on a partnership of 40.
Denny fell to a lovely ball by Daniel Taylor which nipped back and took the top off the stump.
Taylor bowled accurately and got the ball to nip both ways and picked up two wickets in two balls to halt Downham Stow’s innings.
Santner brought up his half-century but soon fell to Harbour for 55 off 52 balls as Downham Stow, now sitting at 101-5 chasing 158, appeared to be a spot of bother.
Diss, with their tails up, continued to bowl well but Downham Stow slowly eased their way to the target before losing Todd for 29 to Taylor who was the pick of the home bowlers.
Diss looked be in the hot seat with Downham Stow needing eight runs with just two wickets in hand.
The hosts bowled extremely accurately and the pressure continued to build until a front foot no-ball and subsequent free hit allowed Downham Stow to get over the line for victory. Taylor ended with well-deserved figures of 3-32 off 10 overs.
Fakenham remain in hot pursuit of the leaders after also triumphing by two wickets at Thetford.
Lloyd Marshall had taken 3-42 and Luke Caswell 2-28 as Thetford made 237-9 from their 50 overs after batting first.
Steve Gray (47) and Harry Bammant (50) led the run chase before David Coyle steered Fakenham home with an unbeaten 23.
Their cause was also helped by Thetford conceding 36 extras as the win was secured in the final over with just four balls remaining.
North Runcton suffered a fourth consecutive defeat after losing to Bradfield by 69 runs in Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division match.
They lost the toss and Bradfield took full advantage of batting first.
Despite a tumble to 130-5, the pairing for their sixth wicket was a huge turning point with Aaron Riseborough making a hard-hitting century ably backed by Matt Collinge who made 44 in a 166-run partnership as the visitors toiled in the sun.
Kirwin Christoffels was the pick of the Runcton bowlers with 1-49 off 10 with other contributions from Ben Coote (2-72 off 10), Ben Skipper (2-50 off eight), Michael Annakin (2-62 off nine), Will Lankfer (0-53 off nine) and Dylan Amin (0-16 off four).
The hosts set a massive total of 304-7 which was not helped by several wides where bowling accuracy was lacking, dropped catches and a below standard fielding display.
Giving runs away through wides and providing extra overs to their opponents certainly contributed to the hosts' final total.
In reply Runcton were indebted to a near run-a-ball century, his first of season, from Christoffels (100 off 111 balls) after a well-made and chanceless display.
However, the visitors were always behind the run rate.
There were useful contributions from Jon Forder (18), George Rawlings (12) and Mark Skipper (27), the latter run out going for a second but importantly it was a return to form.
There was a hope of a victory when Ben Coote joined Christoffels and these two put on 53 as Coote made his way to 53 off 31 balls with five fours and three sixes.
Christoffels, having made his century, tried a reverse sweep, missed it and was not surprisingly out leg before while Coote departed 15 runs later after being caught on long on boundary.
Incoming batsmen - the two Lankfers and Ben Skipper - faced an uphill task and further wickets were lost leaving them at 235-9 with Annakin and Amin denying Bradfield the last wicket.
Downham Stow 2nds returned to winning ways in Division One with a dominant performance with both bat and ball to comfortably beat Dereham at the Memorial Ground.
Winning the toss and batting first, openers Jason Porter and Ryan Watson built a platform against Dereham's unusual bowling style.
Getting through to the first drinks break at 17 overs without loss, the opening pair began to up the scoring rate with Porter in particular timing the ball majestically on his way to a half century.
He was removed shortly after with a good catch dismissing him for 52 and this brought Pat Yates to the crease who, along with Watson, increased the scoring rate with ease and without risk.
With the score on 122, Watson feathered a catch behind to depart for 36.
A change in the batting order saw Ash Corbett promoting to continue the high scoring rate.
A combination of good ball striking and good running saw the score progress quickly with Yates also getting to 50.
Corbett was bowled attempting another big shot for a well made 31 while Mark Eagle departed soon after unluckily chopping on.
Dom Corbett joined Yates at the crease for the final stages with both finding the boundary with regularity as the pair took advantage of Dereham's fifth and sixth change bowlers to see Downham Stow finish on 290 with Yates 91 not out and Corbett scoring a rapid 42 not out.
With the ball Downham Stow openers Dan Ward and Owen Stacey started well by finding a good line and length.
Dereham progressed to 27 without loss until Ward struck with Marczewski edging behind to the safe hands off Tristan Esse who took a smart catch.
Ward (2-27) soon struck again to bowl Perrin-West for one and this brought David Lake to the crease who along with captain Hewitt began to form a partnership for Dereham with the score moving to 77-2.
Corbett then struck as his quicker ball trapped Lake leg before and Moulton (1-24) dismissed Hewitt in the same manner soon after.
When Corbett (2-49) bowled Anema, the hosts were firmly in control of the game.
Captain Chris Sharp (2-25) came into the attack and took two wickets with his first two balls to leave Dereham 97-7.
Lake gave the scoreline some respectability with some good hitting towards the end of the innings on his way to 41.
Stacey returned to the attack and got the wickets he deserved from his fantastic first spell as he had Jarvis caught behind, before bowling Guida and then wrapping up the innings with Lake caught behind to dismiss Dereham for 143 and secure 25 points.
Denver were unable to continue their winning form in Division Four after a 58-run reversal against bottom side Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers 2nds.
The visitors had batted first and, after Chris Rolfe took two early wickets, Wanderers built some good partnerships with James Sheldrake top-scoring with a well deserved 59.
He was eventually bowled by Rolfe in his second spell to finish with 4-28 in what was the bright spot on a below-par day for Denver with the ball and in the field.
Denver lost early wickets with only Dan Harper (30) of the top five batsmen making double figures, before being caught on the boundary looking for a consecutive six.
Ben Peach (33) built a good solid innings and Joe Manning hit a quick-fire 30 at the end but, with some good captaincy and excellent fielding from Wanderers, Denver fell 58 runs short.
Lawtronics man of the match: Chris Rolfe.
North Runcton 2nds are top of the Division Four standings after a 79-run home win against Sprowston 2nds.
Sam Phillips hit an unbeaten 81 and opener Jacob Lockheart made 41 as North Runcton chalked up 227-6 from their 45 overs after batting first.
Tom Tansley then took 4-15 from five overs as Sprowston were bowled out for 148 in their reply.
Fakenham 2nds are third after a narrow three-wicket win over Swardeston.
Finlay Page (3-28), Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (3-27) and Aaron Howell (2-27) helped dismiss Swardeston for 162 after they batted first.
Monahan-Fairlie (33) and Harrison Futter (24) got the Fakenham reply off to a solid start before Robert Dack delivered a vital 40 runs with Howell's 19 not out out securing the win in the 42nd over.
Match sponsor: Fakenham Prepress Solutions; Match ball sponsor: Stuart Woodhouse.
Narborough were also successful against Swardeston as they defeated their A team by eight wickets in Division Five West.
Craig Titmarsh took 3-10 from seven superb overs to restrict Swardeston to 120-6 after they batted first.
Charlie Steeles then struck an unbeaten 50 not out to lead a successful run chase which also featured 41 from Kyran Wymer.
Sandringham maintained their grip on top spot in Division Three of the Norfolk Alliance after a 24-run win against Snettisham on Saturday.
The league leaders had been bowled out for 170 after being put into bat with opener Wesley Hudson their top scorer after making 31.
Jack Southgate struck 25 and Ben Melton made 22 with Kieran Herbert (3-23) and Daniel Coggin (3-38) the pick of the Snettisham attack.
The hosts were then dismissed for 146 in their reply as Chris Smith claimed 3-26 for the table-toppers.
Callum Lee (2-27) and Pete Brassett both bagged braces (2-32) with Jamie Wing top-scoring for Snettisham with 30.
Bircham remain in third place after a four-wicket away win at Cromer.
Thomas King (4-20) and Liam Crompton (4-17) led their bowling attack as the hosts were dismissed for 125.
Will Pillinger then led Bircham's bid for victory with an unbeaten 46 as they triumphed in 30 overs.
Swaffham became the first side this season to defeat Division Two leaders Sheringham after a convincing 109-run victory.
Jasper Payne had plundered 11 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 82 as Swaffham made 195-6 from their 45 overs.
Andy Dale then took 4-17 from nine overs as Sheringham were bowled out for 86 in their reply.