Dereham must keep winning

Norfolk Alliance Division Two leaders Dereham notched up their sixth win on the trot with a demolition of lowly Sheringham on Saturday.

Dereham took 20 points from the game but other results did not go in their favour as both Hethersett & TV and Horsford A won.

Ahead of Saturday's derby visit to fourth-placed Fakenham A, vice-captain Jake Anema said: 'We know exactly what is required. Our squad know they have to be focused.

'We have three games remaining and we need to keep winning.'

Winning the toss and electing to field against Sheringham was the safest option after the Norwich Road ground was under several inches of water on Wednesday.

Although the wicket looked dry, skipper Duncan Hewitt did not want to risk batting first. Sheringham got off to a quick-fire start with 20 runs coming from the first four overs. But that's when the wheels fell off their innings.

Gary Starling claimed four wickets in his first spell for just nine runs. At the other end Anema (4-22) bagged another four wickets with Max Cheetham and Bradley Raper getting one a piece, as Sheringham scored only 73 runs from 36 overs.

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In reply Dereham got off to a nervy start as opener David Lake was unable to punish a wide delivery outside off stump as he scooped the ball to the awaiting fielder at gulley.

Hewitt showed his class as he calmed the situation by easing the ball around the outfield.

In form with ball but out of form with bat, Dereham's No 3 Anema used his time in the middle to gain much-needed form. His innings was undone by a bit pure brilliance as he drilled the ball for a certain four only for the fielder to pluck the ball out of the air one-handed.

Daniel Lake soon followed as he nicked one behind. Dereham seemed to have a little wobble as Hewitt departed for 26, leaving Dereham on 58 for four.

Joe Marczewski and Neil Irons, Dereham's last two recognised batsmen, still required 18 runs.

Irons launched his own attack on poor bowling as he amassed 15 not out from eight balls to see Dereham home.