Skipper Bland’s example stretches Hockwold lead

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Hockwold stretched their lead at the top of Division One with a 109-run victory against Hillington.

Craig Thaxton took 4 for 32 as Hockwold were bowled out for 179. Roy Bland top scored with 57 with good support from Joel Gilmour with 30 and Euan Gilmour 29.

Bland then took 6 for 11 to complete an excellent individual performance by the Hockwold captain as Hillington were bowled out for 70 with Simon Groom taking 3 for 8. Opener Jamie Marwick offered the most resistance, scoring 30.

Nine-man Northwold reached 171 for 6 with D Bunten scoring 66 and S Adams 39 with Nathan Jeavons taking 4 for 31.

Jonathan Forder hit a rapid 111 not out (18x4, 2x6) as Snettisham completed a nine-wicket victory in the 25th over.

Castle Rising were bowled out for 201 thanks to 37 from Paul Hudson and a 79-run eighth wicket partnership between Roshan Samarathunga 53 and Darren Clarke 34. Chris Rolfe and James Peach both took 4 for 35.

Dan Cornwell scored 60 in Denver’s total of 151 all out with Roshan Samarathunga taking 4 for 34 and Perry Dawson 3 for 43 in their 50-run victory.

Heacham were unable to raise a team and forfeited their match against Sandringham.

Division Two

Narborough A reduced the gap at the top of Division Two to 12 points after a maximum points win against Hospital.

Matthew Coe scored 103 and Jonathan Coe 36 in a 118-run second wicket partnership with Matthew Steeles unbeaten on 39 helping them reach 236 for 6.

Shaun Claxton scored 34 in Hospital’s total of 122 all out with Danny Yeates-Cornwall taking 3 for 20 in a 114-run victory.

AMBiT Projects MoM for Hospital was Santosh Bakka.

Tom Brown took 5 for 46 as Sandringham A were bowled all out for 142 with Callum Lee scoring 43 and Theo Riviere 36.

Nick Whales hit an unbeaten 49 and Sam Molyneux an unbeaten 32 to steer Castle Acre to a six-wicket victory.

Neither Downham B nor Fakenham 3rds were unable to raise a team and forfeited their respective matches against Gooderstone and Holt.

Division Three

In the top of the table clash, Dersingham A stretched their lead over Bircham A to 15 points after their three-wicket victory.

John King top scored with 81 in Bircham A’s total of 138 all out with Jamie Cook taking 3 for 40.

Jack Southgate scored 46 as Dersingham A reached their target in the 38th over with Shane Rowe taking 3 for 36.

Snettisham A moved into third place after their maximum points win against Swaffham A.

Tim Clarey 53 retired not out and Connor Grief 64 put on a hundred partnership for the second wicket and Daniel Cook was unbeaten on 37 as Snettisham posted a total of 232 for 4.

Tony Exley scored 60 in Swaffham A’s reply of 189 all out, with Danny Suckling taking 4 for 31.

Gooderstone A recorded their second win of the season by beating Gayton by six wickets. Cuthbert scored 54 in Gayton’s total of 117 with Will Rust taking 3 for 18.

Keith Morgan 50 and Rob Crockford 26 put on exactly 100 for the opening partnership to help set up the successful run chase.

Good contributions from Taz Verma 34, M Gathercole 27no and Mark Emden 25 helped Castle Rising A reach 183 for 8 in their 45 overs with Freddie Palmer taking 3 for 45.

Openers Dave Robinson 54 and Harvey Wardle 41 got Denver off to a good start before M Gathercole 5 for 38 and Steve Hayes 3 for 27 fought back.

In a thrilling finish, the last wicket partnership saw Denver home to victory with six balls to spare.