Week 14 of a hit and miss Norfolk Cricket League season, and the first title has now been decided.
Snettisham, unbeaten thus far this season, continued in the same vein beating Felthorpe and have now amassed enough points to be crowned Division One champions.
Can they keep up their efforts and remain unbeaten? Only time will tell. They sealed the title following a 58-run victory in a match reduced to 40 overs. Matt Herbert top-scored with 38, while Kieran Herbert took 4-15 off six overs.
With relegation and runners-up spots still to be sorted out, this was not the week for weather to intervene. Both Cringleford Lodge and Blundeston’s games succumbed to the heavy downpours in the east of the county.
Elsewhere Sandringham had a decent win at Denver to keep their runners-up hopes alive and Saxlingham did themselves a favour thanks mainly to 4-16 for Joe Lewis as they beat Kirkley and Belton.
In 2 West, it looks like being a three-horse race for the title. Castle Rising currently have it with a potential five-point lead over nearest rivals Castle Acre after they had a good win over Northwold.
Garboldisham B keep up the pressure following their victory over Reepham and Salle, Phil Carr top scoring with 69 not out, Eddie Thorne making 50. Gooderstone won the relegation battle in a low scoring game against North Elmham, Ben Wilkinson taking 3-15 and Owen Chandler 3-16.
In 3 West, Narborough are nearly home and dry as potential champions, following another good win, this time at Swanton Morley’s expense, to keep them with a battle on their hands to avoid relegation.
Beetley and Holt are both contesting the runners-up spot. Beetley’s cause not helped by defeat at Beeston where Adie Greef took 5-28, and Howard Bailey and Adrian Parke made 50 and 70no respectively.
There were no such problems for Holt as they beat Dersingham A.
Sandringham A had a good win at home to Bircham A, Bircham’s Tony Wright making 50no and taking 4-35, Sandringham’s Wesley Hudson 59.
King’s Lynn Hospital’s relegation is confirmed after a very difficult season to date.
In 4 North West, Thornham find themselves well clear following another good win, Chris Burgess, Stephen Lucas and Will Dodds making 114no, 86 and 51 respectively, backed up by 5-22 for Chris Williamson, against Castle Rising A.
Mundford A’s Alex Bailey took 4-0 off 4 overs in their win against Denver A.
Snettisham A remain very much in the hunt for the title with games in hand, after a good win against Gooderstone A, Mike Herbert with 103no, Connor Grief 53 and Lewis Herbert 5-9 starring.