Rampant Robinson blasts match-winning ton for North Runcton

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North Runcton first team travelled to Cromer on Saturday and were involved in an amazing Premier Division game which had everything.

A total of 717 runs, which included an incredible 34 sixes, were scored during North Runcton’s narrow three-run victory.

Mark Skipper and Dean Robinson opened the innings and built an impressive stand of 156 before Skipper was out for 75 with ten 4s and two 6s.

Nick Freeman joined Robinson and added another 50 before falling for 21 with four 4s.

At 200-2 from 36 overs, newly-appointed skipper Ben Coote joined Robinson and the run rate accelerated further.

Coote fell for 53 from 30 balls and Robinson for a superb 172 with 15 fours and 12 sixes.

Andrew Barrett took the final total to 360 with a six off the final ball of the innings.

Cromer did not intend to take things lying down and came out in positive mood with the bat.

An early wicket for Ben Allsop failed to slow down the reply as D. Turner (76) and R. Purton (141) set about the North Runcton bowlers.

Mike Annakin made the breakthrough and continued to take wickets and finished with 5-76.

Despite Cromer only needing 22 from the final four overs, Coote removed Purton and, with Ben Skipper bowling a tight over right at the end, North Runcton won an amazing contest by three runs.

Ring Associates man-of-the-match: Dean Robinson.

n In-form Fakenham Continued their climb up the table with victory over Old Buckenham.

Fakenham won the toss and elected to bat on a showery and windy day.

Chad Bowes and Luke Findlay opened the innings but Bowes was out quickly to a well-taken low catch.

Findley was joined by Keegan Monahan­Fairlie and they took the score to 49 before Monahan­Fairlie was next out out for 25.

Harry Blackiston and Findley batted with care before the latter was out for a patient 59 with the score on 123.

Two wickets for six runs left Fakenham reeling at 129 -5 before Lloyd Marshall and Will Dunger took the score to 160.

Dunger was out for 12, but Jarvis (22) once again added quick useful runs with Lloyd Marshall (37) and number 10 Toby Hood saw Fakenham reach 212 in 50 overs.

Old Buckenham’s innings followed a similar pattern to Fakenham with Terry Perry out in the first over caught-behind by Will Dunger off the bowling of Chad Bowes.

Matthew Bint and James Deacon took the score to 52 before Bint was superbly run-out by Lloyd Marshall for 22.

Two more wickets fell quickly with only Deacon (30) showing any resistance.

Yin Lo made inroads into the Old Buckenham batting order with a fine spell of spin bowling and he finished with 5-36 off his 10 overs.

Fakenham picked up the final wicket in the last over, thanks to a stunning catch by P. Dunger to dismiss Old Buckenham for 148 in 49.4 overs.

Cookes of Fakenham MoM: Yin Lo.