Storm halts victory bid

In a West Norfolk League Division Two match reduced to 35 overs, Fakenham A's Martin Wall scored 79 and AMBiT Projects MoM Mithun Sortur took 4 for 32 for Hospital, before a storm struck with Fakenham A needing 26 runs from 21 balls with four wickets left.

Bircham kept the heat on leaders Sandringham as they beat Denver by 65 runs in a Division One match reduced to 40 overs.

Will Pillinger scored an unbeaten 74 and Carlos Greeves 55 for Bircham. Sandringham have an 11-point lead at the top after a six-wicket win against The Creakes.

Snettisham declared once Damion Twiddy (100no) had reached his century and Snettisham had scored maximum batting points. Swanton Morley were in trouble at 81 for 8 before rain halted play. Springwood were 25 without loss when rain ended their match with Terrington.

Downham B's Alan Thulbourne took 5 for 40 as they beat Long Sutton by 34 runs in a match reduced to 40 overs. Swaffham A beat Heacham by four wickets in Division Three with Robert Crisp scoring 50 for Swaffham A and Jason Carter 73 for Heacham.

In a match reduced to 35 overs, Paul Lough scored 69no and Ron Williamson took 4 for 18 in Thornham's 39-run victory against Hillington A.

Gayton recorded their first win of the season beating Castle Acre A by 76 runs. M Tillbrook scored 63 for Gayton and Matt Elliot took 4 for 46 for Castle Acre A before Gayton's Andrew Thompson took 3 for 8 from 12 overs.

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In Division Five, Gooderstone A beat Beeston A by 18 runs with Andrew Bell scoring 53no and Samuel Morgan taking 4 for 20 for Gooderstone A. Matthew Cottrell scored a 70 not out.

Dereham B (6pts) lost to Long Sutton A (18) by 36 runs, suffering only their second defeat of the season

Dereham opted to bowl first in a match reduced to 25 overs a side because of rain, and the home side made 127-8 thanks in large part to Hallam who slogged a quickfire 50, as well as some sub-standard fielding.

Tom Simpson was once again amongst the wickets, taking 3-28 whilst Neal Widdows (2-16) produced an impressive spell. Zak Baker also took two wickets with Ryan Widdows taking the other wicket to fall.

In reply, several Dereham batsmen made starts but none were able to go on and make the big score which would have got them over the line.

Captain Sam Widdows made 19, while Simpson (18) and Liam Cameron (17) also made useful contributions.

Jake Cox and Ryan Fitt produced some impressive hitting late on but Dereham ultimately fell short as they were bowled out for 101.

Dereham will now hope to get their promotion chase back on track when they face second-placed Denver A in two weeks' time.

Dereham Sunday were just edged out by Topcroft as they were beaten by 12 runs at Norwich Road.

Topcroft won the toss and opted to bat first, with Ryan Widdows making an early breakthrough for Dereham, whilst Max Cheetham produced an excellent opening spell.

Neal Widdows and Jake Anema picked up a wicket apiece before Duncan Hewitt and Richard Milbourne swept through Topcroft's lower order.

Spinner Hewitt finished with figures of 4-25 and Milbourne picked up three wickets as the visitors were all out for 147.

In reply, Dereham lost openers David Lake and Sam Widdows cheaply before Kristien Fletcher recorded his maiden half-century, receiving some good support from Liam Cameron (14) to put Dereham back in with a shout. His dismissal for 53 sparked a collapse and left Dereham with plenty to do with only two wickets remaining.

Tenth-wicket pair Neal Widdows and Hewitt threatened to win the match before Hewitt mis-timed a pull shot.

Last man Ryan Widdows was then bowled in the next over as Dereham were all out for 135.