Sadler stars as Heacham and Castle Rising tie

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A somewhat wetter weekend than last saw some Norfolk Cricket League games succumb to the bad weather, however many teams took full advantage of the ‘rain rules’ to play reduced overs games of between 20 and 40 overs a side to beat the elements.

In Division 1, Felthorpe travelled to Denver, but were undone by four wickets apiece for Ben Stoves and Dan Cornwell on a drying track, Denver getting home for the loss of three wickets in the late afternoon sunshine.

Gt Yarmouth overcame Cringleford Lodge and Kirkley and Belton continued their good recent form with a win over Caister. In the battle of the top two Sandringham entertained Snettisham, but were unable to dent the visitors’ unbeaten run.

In Division 2 West, Gooderstone’s Keith Morgan made 51 as they failed to chase down Castle Acre’s total which had been built around 114 not out for Elliott Whiting and Nick Whales’ 57no.

James White made 78no for North Elmham, but Garboldisham B won thanks to 68no from Andrew Freake.

Anthony Sadler made 66 for Heacham, but a good all round performance from Castle Rising helped them to a tie. Stuart Hilton must have been cursing as he took 5-21 and scored 21 for East Harling, as Northwold’s Ash Drohan’s 4-23 helped them defend 79.

In 3 West, Beeston’s Isaac Blackford with 43 and Adie Grief with 4-15 helped them overcome Sandringham A.Dersingham’s Dan Coggin made 63no as they beat Bircham A (Will Pillinger 64), whilst Holt had a good day against Beetley with Aaron Riseborough making 72, Mark Spillet 50 and Liam Channell taking 4-14.

Saham Toney A made 240, led by Martin Wood’s 61 and Simon Mower’s 58 as they beat Swanton Morley.

In 4 North West, Snettisham A went on a run spree scoring over 300 against a depleted Mundford A side.

l Stow CC U15’s (sponsored by Emmett’s) travelled to an unbeaten Swaffham side on Friday night.

The task got even tougher when the Stow openers of Finlay Wilcox (11) and Freddie Fairey (3) were out before they could get going. Ben Wilcox scored a commendable 24 on the difficult wicket. Jack Challen held up his end of the crease well, enabling the other Stow batsmen to chip in with single figures. Stow ended up 80 for 10 with the pick of the Swaffham bowlers, J Rowe, four wickets for nine runs and L Exley (2 for 9).

Stow knew they had to bowl well and when F Wilcox bowled M Hutchinson and J Eyre in his first over there appeared to be a chance. Kieran Knott bowled opener, O Williams, with his third ball. Wilcox (4 for 8) and Knott (2 for 14) blew away the top six batsmen for 11 runs, Josh Farman catching S Whittred with an outstanding attempt at point.

Alec Marshall was solid behind the stumps. When Freddie Fairey bowled H Exley (13) Swaffham were 29 for 7. Fairey continued to bowl beautifully and took the wicket of L Exley and caught J Rowe from the bowling of B Wilcox. Jack Challen finished the game with a wicket in his first over.

Swaffham were all out for 43 in the 15th over, as Stow U15’s won by 37 runs.