Dean dazzles as North Runcton notch day’s best Norfolk Cricket Alliance score

Back row: Callum Fishy, Will Means, Tom Webb, Jack Johnson, Sam "Birdie" Major, Bob Belcher, Jock Leishman,
Front row: George Lemon, Tim Coote, George Rawlings (captain), Alex Rawson
Back row: Callum Fishy, Will Means, Tom Webb, Jack Johnson, Sam "Birdie" Major, Bob Belcher, Jock Leishman, Front row: George Lemon, Tim Coote, George Rawlings (captain), Alex Rawson
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Kiwi Dean Robinson dazzled as North Runcton notched the highest Dipple & Conway Norfolk Cricket Alliance score of the day.

Runcton travelled to Swardeston on Saturday looking to build on back to back wins in the Premier Division.

North Runcton were invited to bat first on a good wicket and took advantage of a weakened Swardeston 2nd XI.

An opening partnership of 53 between Mark Skipper and New Zealander Robinson got the away side off to a good start before Skipper was dismissed for 14.

Robinson went on to bat for the majority of the innings, scoring a brilliant 182 to add to his 172 and 90 scored in the previous two weeks, making him the current leading run scorer in the Premier. He was well supported throughout the innings with good partnerships between himself and Nick Freeman (21), Andrew Barrett (25) and Ben Coote (51). North Runcton finished on 348-6 from their 50 overs.

Runcton were eager to get off to a good start with the ball, and did just that by taking four wickets in the first 10 overs thanks to good opening spells from Coote (3-33) and Ben Allsop (3-34). They then became frustrated with Swardeston scoring 155 for the loss of two wickets.

The wickets of Ian Tufts (52) and Daniel Poulton (100), taken by Ben Skipper and Harry Lankfer respectively, settled the Runcton nerves.

When Coote and Allsop gathered the final couple of wickets it sealed an impressive victory, making it three out of three for the West Norfolk side who moved to fourth in the table.

Ring Associates man of the match: Dean Robinson.

Ball sponsor: Clanpress.

l A young North Runcton 2nds side recorded their second victory over their local rivals Stow 2nds in Division Four at the weekend.

Runcton won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Young gun Will Means (2-20) opened the bowling and claimed both openers with some hostile fast bowling. He was very well supported by opening partner Tom Webb who claimed 2-28 against his former side.

Stow’s innings never really got going thanks to tidy spells in the middle overs by Alex Rawson (2-10) and man of the match Jack Johnson (4-15) who had help from George Rawlings with two sharp stumpings. Peter Griffin (29) helped Stow towards a modest total of 113 all out.

Johnson’s form with the bat continued at the top of the order with a quickfire 18 off the first four overs but was well caught off the bowling of Kieran Knott who showed he wasn’t going to give up without a fight. With the run chase in the balance at 45-3 experienced head Tim Coote (43 not out) batted superbly with his young partners at the crease to steadily get to the target. A few lusty blows to the boundary from Will Means (22 not out) saw Runcton over the line in style with a victory in the 24th over by seven wickets.

Ring Associates MoM: Jack Johnson.

Ball Sponsor: Middleton Aggregates.

North Runcton face Dersingham next weekend in a heavyweight clash that will have big implications on who will be successful come the end of the season.