CRICKET: Addam Todd helped Downham Town stay in control of the Norfolk Alliance title race.
He took 4-36, matching Peter Barnard’s haul of 4-58, as Swardeston were held to 217/8, before smashing 68 of Downham’s 219/8 reply. Town remain 23 points clear of second-placed Fakenham, who they play on August 2.
North Runcton also tasted Premier Division victory after bowling out Cromer for 118 with all five bowlers taking two wickets each. Opener Martin Skipper (41) and Andrew Barrett (36no) scored the bulk of the reply, for the loss of five wickets.
Division One leaders Stow fell to their first defeat of the season, despite being handed 30 wides in their 232 total against Acle. Ed Landymore almost celebrated his birthday with a ton, falling six runs short.
But it was opposition skipper Geoffrey Handley who received the gifts, being dropped twice early on before bludgeoning 89 of Acle’s 236-7 total.
Despite defeat, Stow are still 30 points clear and firm favourites to return to the Premier Division.
Downham Town A continued to climb away from danger at the foot of Division Two thanks to a 51-run victory over bottom club Bungay.
Opener Alex Vincent and Ian Simmonds hit 64 between them and, after a collapse, David Grady (47) and Kieran Holmes-Darby (19) helped towards a 175 total. Vincent (3-22) then swapped bat for ball and, with Dom Corbett (4-25), saw the hosts run out of wickets at 124.
All three West Norfolk teams lost in Division Three. North Runcton A lost ground on the pacesetters after an eight-wicket defeat against leaders Thetford.
Dersingham and Narborough remain adrift at the foot of the table after another pair of defeats and in Division Four, Stow suffered a nine-wicket reversal against Rocklands.
* Stow u11s beat Wimblington by 46 runs. Jack Challen (4-6) was the pick of their bowlers in Wimblington’s 211. Jack Bishop scored 25 of Stow’s 257 reply.
* Sandringham took a step closer to confirming a top-three finish in the West Norfolk League with a seven-wicket win over fourth-placed Snettisham.
The visitors were restricted to 121/9 from their 45 overs. Ryan Twiddy top scored with 45, while Callum Gurbutt (4-19)
and James Hurst (4-39) took four wickets each for the hosts.
In reply, Sandringham were led to their target with solid knocks from opener James Banham (31) and Richard Hurst (24). Ross Gurbutt chipped in with 20 as the hosts reached 122/3 with three and a half overs to spare.