Dipple and Conway Norfolk Alliance
North Runcton 146-4 off 31.2 overs beat Horsford A 145-10 off 47 overs by 6 wkts
This win on Saturday has left North Runcton top of Division One, and they are 17 points clear of Lowestoft who are in second place.
Batting first, Horsford were quickly reduced to 52-5, with all five wickets falling to Michael Crisp.
Crisp ripped out the heart of the Horsford batting line up finishing with figures of 33-5 off nine overs. Crisp was ably supported by the consistent and economical bowling of Ben Allsop, who finished with figures of 32-1 off 12 overs.
After this start Horsford were unable to recover, the only notable contribution coming from P.Minns who scored a good 45. Spin twins Jack Major and Josh Ring continued their good form with the ball picking up three wickets between them, Major finishing with figures of 46-1 off 13 overs and Ring 32-2 off 13 overs.
Allsop took the final Horsford wicket in the 47th over, finishing on a below par total.
In reply NRCC lost opener G. Rawlings early to a well directed short ball.
After this the run chase was straightforward. Captain Mark Skipper once again showed his batting talents as he scored an outstanding 65 runs. Skipper was supported with contributions from: A. Dobing (22), V. Yadav (17) and M. Crisp (19*).
Runcton met their target in the 32nd over to complete a comprehensive victory.
Clanpress MoM: Michael Crisp.
Alliance Division Three Swaffham (24 points) beat Sprowston ‘A’ (8) by 3 wkts
Sprowston ‘A’ 202-8 in 46 overs (M. Brockman-Smith 12-5-23-1, T. Puckey 8-1-41-1, M. Dye Snr 12-1-58-2, J. Payne 4-0-18-1). Swaffham 204-7 in 45.2 overs (M. Eagle 41, M. Dye Jnr 13, Payne 19, Puckey 50, D. Annakin 17, Brockman-Smith 19*).
After the previous week’s damp squib at Hardingham, leaders Swaffham returned to winning ways with a hard fought, thrilling victory.
Swaffham captain Mark Eagle won the toss and elected to field. Brockman-Smith and Puckey opened the bowling and kept the run rate down whilst picking up a wicket apiece in the process.
The economical Brockman-Smith bowled his 12 overs straight through as Sprowston A’s first 23 overs went for only 73 runs.
After the drinks interval as Maurice Dye helped reduce Sprowston to 90-5. However, Sprowston’s opener Glozier (108) survived a few chances to shepherd his team towards a more than respectable total until he was run out off the penultimate ball of the innings.
A few efficient run outs aside, Swaffham went off the boil as Sprowston, in the final 20 overs, scored at a run a ball.
The early loss of Upton allowed Eagle and Dye Jnr to put on 30 which was followed by a 27-run partnership between Jason Payne and Eagle.
However, when Payne departed for 19 (the new Alliance Player of the Month’s first score below 50 in the league) the score – and match – was delicately poised at 64-3. Enter Tom Puckey.
After previously opening the batting this season, ‘post-exam’ Puckey found a new lease of life at five and recorded a 90-run partnership with Eagle which appeared to seal victory for the hosts.
Yet, when Puckey departed for his maiden first team 50 and Eagle followed soon after for a very patient and responsible 41 off 100 balls, victory seemed less than certain.
Annakin and Bradbury got Swaffham within touching distance of the target, then Brockman-Smith (with a run a ball 19*) and wicketkeeper Dale (6*) recorded an unbeaten 22-run partnership to see Swaffham home with only four balls remaining.
Due to results elsewhere Swaffham opened a 36-run lead at the top of the division.
Tomorrow sees top face bottom as Swaffham travel to Great Melton ‘A’.
MoM: Tom Puckey – half century off only 59 balls, two run outs and a wicket.
In the Premier as the season approaches its midway point, just nine points separate the top five sides, with Fakenham now heading the top flight pile.
Fakenham set a target of 255-9 against Old Buckenham, with South African Chad Bowes compiling 78. The visitors ended with a winning draw as the Bucks replied on 231 for six.
Fakenham are now three points ahead of nearest rivals Brooke, who slipped up against Swardeston A by five wickets.