A fine batting comeback from North Runcton’s middle to lower order, accompanied by a good bowling/fielding display, helped them to a Norfolk Alliance Premier Division win over Ashmanhaugh and Barton.
After losing the toss, Runcton were invited to bat but got off to a poor start, reaching 25/3 after 10 overs.
Probodha Sanevarathne (38) and Nish Liyange (20) moved the score on at a good rate, however, three further wickets fell to leave the hosts struggling on 93/6 from 27 overs.
A much needed recovery was started thanks to a 50 partnership between Anthony Dobing (23) and Andrew Barrett (35). Two other crucial unbeaten knocks from Harry Blackwell (28) and Ben Coote (27) not only dug Runcton out of a gloomy hole, but put them in a good position at tea, ending the innings on 211/8.
Wanderers’ reply looked to be starting well, through former New Zealand Test player Gareth Hopkins. However, an excellent catch from Jamie Marslen helped dismiss him when he had reached 16. Good spells of bowling from Coote, Ben Allsop and Blackwell reduced Wanderers to 38/4 from 15 overs. A fifth-wicket stand of 63 between captain J Pilch (41) and T Williams (19) gave the visitors hope before Coote returned to the attack to take both wickets in quick succession.
It was left to Allsop to take the decisive wicket, clean bowled in the final over of the innings to leave Ashmanhaugh all out for 143.
Wicket takers included: Coote (4-32), Blackwell (2-16) and Allsop (2-29).
The match ball was sponsored by Middleton Aggregates.
Dersingham suffered a heavy defeat in Division Three. Great Witchingham won the toss and hit 172-8 from their 46 overs. Mark Harman (3-48) was pick of the home bowlers, with Lloyd Osborne and Jack Southgate also picking up a couple of wickets each.
The Dersingham reply proved to be a disaster with Nick Freeman (14) the only player to score more than four as they were skittled for just 31 with six batsmen failing to trouble the scorer.