Six-wicket bowler on losing side

Dereham lost their Norfolk Alliance Division Two derby match against Mattishall.Dereham made 151 (six points), Mattishall claiming 23 points with 153 for seven.

Dereham lost their Norfolk Alliance Division Two derby match against Mattishall.

Dereham made 151 (six points), Mattishall claiming 23 points with 153 for seven.

Dereham B were left to rue a missed opportunity after losing to Beeston by 29 runs on Saturday. Ryan Widdows claimed 6-35 from 12 0vers, a career best.

Dereham started well with Tom Simpson picking up two early wickets to reduce the visitors to 10-2. Adrian Parke and Marcus English put on a century partnership to hand Beeston the initiative, aided by some suspect Dereham fielding.

Parke eventually fell to the bowling of Ryan Widdows for 70. Widdows then proceeded to take apart Beeston's middle order as Beeston collapsed from 123-3 to 173 all out.

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Ryan was aided in his effort by two excellent catches. Josh Barber took an excellent catch over his shoulder at mid-on to dismiss English for 47, whilst captain and brother Sam also took a terrific one-handed catch diving forward from his wicketkeeper position. Simpson (3-44) took his third wicket and Tom Clarke took the other wicket to fall.

In reply, Dereham found themselves at 80-8. Sam Widdows danced down the track and was stumped in the fifth over. Arron Fletcher (24) and Nic Bliss (21) appeared to be in control before Fletcher ran himself out, whilst Bliss provided Beeston with simple catching practice.

Simpson came to the rescue with a typically ferocious innings, containing six fours and two sixes. He received good support from Clarke (14 not out).

Simpson was bowled for a new best score of 46, but last man Neal Widdows was unable to help Clarke to finish the job, as he was run out.

Beeston: A Parke c Fletcher b Widdows 70, P Bear lbw Simpson 0, C Parke c Clarke b Simpson 0, M English c Barber b Widdows 47, R Wall b Clarke 13, M Symonds b Widdows 8, A Graver b Widdows 4, B Parke c Widdows b Widdows 0, D Graver b Widdows 0, R Oldfield not out 2, N Bambridge b Simpson 18; extras 11. Total 173.

Bowling: T Simpson 9-0-44-3, T Clarke 8-1-36-1, N Widdows 5-0-28-0, R Widdows 12-2-35-6, A Fletcher 7-3-25-0.

Dereham B: S Widdows st Wall 6, M Taylor b Wall 0, N Bliss c Parke 20, A Fletcher run out 24, I Clarke b Parke 6, T Carter c Parke 3, J Barber b Parke 6, T Simpson b Graver 46, R Widdows c Bear 0, T Clarke not out 14, N Widdows run out 1; extras 14. Total 144.

Bowling: N Bambridge 6-0-25-0, R Wall 6-1-23-2, A Graver 6-0-18-0, C Parke 6.5-2-10-4, P Bear 2-0-21-1, D Graver 7-0-20-1, M English 4 -0-20-0.

Dereham A produced a much improved display against Great Melton A but still lost by six wickets.

Dereham posted a competitive total of 215-6, Ian Battelley top-scoring with 56. Jack Perrin-West followed up his half-century from the previous week with 43, whilst captain Jon Crisp made 32.

Youngsters Rob Mabee (23) and James Harbour (21 not out) also made useful contributions.

Again Dereham found themselves unable to defend a sizeable target, as Melton knocked off the runs with just under seven overs to spare. Bradley Raper was the pick of the Dereham bowlers with 2-32 from 10 overs. Andrew Guida and Tom Head were the other wicket-takers.

Dereham A: Battelley b Godbold 56, Cameron b Godbold 3, Mabee b Bunn 23, Jack West b Godbold 43, J Crisp c b Coulson 32, J Fletcher run out 10, James Harbour not out 21, Head not out 9. Total 215-6.

Bowling: Mccurley 6-3-13-0, Gristwood 2-0-16-0, Haywood 12-2-59-0, Godbold12-1-30-3, Bunn 6-0-42-1, Coulson 5-0-18-1,Clarke 3-0-29-0.

Great Melton: J Whiddett c Crisp b Guida 28, Allum c Cameron b Raper 2, Clarke b Head 34, Godbold c Cameron b Raper 47, Kapila not out 53, Elliot not out 5. Total 216-4.

Bowling: Crisp 8-1-36-0, Raper 10-0-31-2, Guida 11-0-56-1, Harbour 3-0-12-0, Head 6-0-47-1, Mabee 1.1-0-16-0.

Dereham's Sunday side saw their promotion hopes suffer a severe blow in an agonising six-run defeat at fellow high-fliers Mundford.

Dereham started well, reducing the home side to 62-3. McIsaac and Norman both made half-centuries to put Mundford back in the game.

Rob Mabee removed McIsaac before Jon Crisp took an outstanding catch of the bowling of Max Cheetham to dismiss Norman. Kristien Fletcher (3-20) and Andrew Guida (2-12) ran through the lower order to bowl Mundford out for 160.

Dereham lost David Lake and captain Jake Anema cheaply, before Neil Irons and Crisp rebuilt the innings with some fierce hitting. Crisp smashed four fours and three sixes before falling for 42, whilst Irons was eventually dismissed for 34.

At 145-5 and with Fletcher going well, Dereham looked to be cruising to victory.

But when Cheetham holed out to long-off for 15, the tail fell apart to leave Fletcher stranded on 32 not out, Dereham's first defeat since the opening day of the season.