CRICKET: With two games to play, Downham Town hold a 19-point lead over Norfolk Alliance Premier Division title challengers Fakenham after the weekend’s action

While Downham Town were digging deep to hold off Cromer by 12 runs for 24 points, Fakenham were frustrated by Ashmanhaugh, gleaning only 17 points from a winning draw.

Pat Yates rattled off 89 of Downham’s 202/8 with Joss Stuart (4-56) and Addam Todd (3-35) taking the bulk of the visitors’ wickets in their 190 all out. Downham are at neighbours North Runcton tomorrow and finish their campaign at home to bottom-placed Lowestoft. Fakenham travel to Cromer tomorrow and then greet North Runcton next week.

North Runcton are back in the bottom two and could not have got a tougher finish, with their last two games against the title challenging duo.

They hit 180 at Sprowston on Saturday with the hosts dashing to a nine-wicket win. Rudolph Keiser top-scored for Runcton with 41.

Stow moved a step closer to the Division One title with a four-wicket win over Great Melton.

Richmond took 3-43 in Melton’s 185/7 and in response, Stow struck 186/6 with Davey (59no) guiding Stow home after they’d stalled at 140/6.

Downham A need to build on Saturday’s winning draw against Hethersett if they are to climb out of the bottom two. The hosts reached 204/7 in reply to Downham’s 265/7, with a solid mid-innings stand between Chris Sharp (72) and Dom Tulett (62).

Narborough were crushed by 94 runs against Hardingham in Division Three after being bowled out for 131, while derby honours went to North Runcton A with a five-wicket win against Dersingham. The visiting bottom-placed team mustered 136 with Runcton passing their target for the loss of five wickets. Jack Southgate hit 44 of Dersingham’s total, with opener A Gibson unbeaten on 51 for Runcton, for whom Michael Crisp took 4-25.

Stow A just failed to pick up a win at Garboldisham A. After scoring 249/9, Stow had the hosts struggling on 196/9.