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Norfolk Alliance leaders North Runcton defeat A10 rivals Downham Town




Norfolk Alliance Premier

Downham Town

lost to North Runcton

by 5 wickets

North Runcton maintained their slender lead at the top of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division by dispatching of A10 rivals Downham on Saturday.

A convincing five-wicket victory at the Memorial Field saw North Runcton remain a point clear of second-placed Fakenham, who defeated Norwich, while Stow moved up to third after

Downham looked to be heading for a sub-century total, but thanks to brothers Ashleigh Corbett, Dom Corbett and Robert Hootton they bolstered the total to 132 off 46.1 overs.

Downham v North Runcton. (15072390)
Downham v North Runcton. (15072390)

Excellent bowling from Kirwin Christoffels (2-14), Josh Ring (0-19), Ben Skipper (2-24), removing both Ian Harrison and Fletcher Coutts clean-bowled, Michael Annakin (1-17) and an expensive Jack Major (3-53) restricted the hosts.

Downham v North Runcton..Nick Freeman. (15072407)
Downham v North Runcton..Nick Freeman. (15072407)

Two catches from Andrew Barrett and two from Josh Ring and run-outs by Ring and Mark Skipper capped a good fielding performance for the visitors.

Downham v North Runcton. (15072404)
Downham v North Runcton. (15072404)

In reply, North Runcton's Christoffels was the first to go, leg-before-wicket to Fletcher Coutts for 34.

Downham v North Runcton..Jack Major. (15072399)
Downham v North Runcton..Jack Major. (15072399)

Mark Skipper the pick of the Runcton batsmen and Jack Major took the score to 71 before Major was out trying to hook Coutts.

Downham v North Runcton..Fletcher Coutts. (15072396)
Downham v North Runcton..Fletcher Coutts. (15072396)

Coutts (2-30) continued to try to intimidate the visitors with some short-pitched and mainly erratic bowling and after Skipper (40 off 50 balls) hit him for two square-cut fours was replaced by the pick of the Downham fast bowlers George Bruce 2-25.

Downham v North Runcton..Jack Major and Mark Skipper. (15072392)
Downham v North Runcton..Jack Major and Mark Skipper. (15072392)

Credit also went to Dom Corbett (1-30) with a variety of spin bowling.

Downham v North Runcton..Patrick Yates. (15072412)
Downham v North Runcton..Patrick Yates. (15072412)

North Runcton lost further wickets Freeman, leg-before-wicket and Barrett, caught off his chest, as decisions appeared to go against the title-chasing visitors.

Downham v North Runcton..Andrew Barrett. (15072413)
Downham v North Runcton..Andrew Barrett. (15072413)

However Ben Skipper (14 not out) followed up an excellent bowling performance with a crisply his four to win the match.

Downham v North Runcton. (15072397)
Downham v North Runcton. (15072397)

North Runcton, who host Stow on Saturday, picked up 23 points while Downham, who travel to Fakenham in another West Norfolk derby, collected just three.


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