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North Runcton go top of Norfolk Alliance Premier Division ahead of home derby against Downham

North Runcton’s Ben Skipper put the Norwich bowlers to the sword with the bat to help his side move to the top of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division standings.

And it sets up a tantalising home derby against Downham on Saturday in a game that is expected to go a long way to deciding the fate of the two teams come September.

After finishing unbeaten on 70, Ring Associates man-of-the-match Skipper said: “I had a poor start to the day bowling and felt I had to make it up to the boys with the bat.

“Thankfully, I did that and the rest is history.”

Norwich won the toss and elected to bat first on what appeared to be a good day for batting.

Norfolk player and North Runcton captain, Ben Coote, however picked up two wickets in his first over.

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Coote (4-28) was well backed up by fellow opening bowler K. Christoffels (1-47).

After North Runcton had the better of the opening ten overs, Norwich certainly dominated the rest of the innings, with C. Borret (53) and A. Watson (54) helping the hosts to 253 off their 50 overs.

J. Ring (2-32) offered control in the middle overs but poor fielding and good batting saw Norwich in control at the halfway stage.

North Runcton started poorly as their in-form batsmen Christofells (18) and Mark Skipper (23) got starts but were dismissed by J. Mirner.

With the score at 111-5 the visitors would have to rely on some lower-order runs.

Coote (40) played in his natural aggressive manner but, when he was bowled by A. Watson (3-48), Norwich were the huge favourites.

J. Major (37) played a mature innings and was assisted by Skipper in negotiating a potential victory.

Once Major was dismissed, Ben Skipper took control and finished it in style with a six.

Elsewhere, Fakenhamlost to Garboldisham by 33 runs after being dismissed for just 75 when chasing 109 for victory.

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