North Runcton gained a 90 per cent losing draw against top-of-the-table Lowestoft in Division One of the Norfolk Alliance.

A mid-innings 100-plus partnership helped the coastal side post 248/6. Builders Shop man of the match Ben Coote was the pick of the wicket takers with 4-36.

The bulk of North Runcton’s runs were scored by all-rounders Coote (46) and Ben Allsop (61).

After a tense last few overs, North Runcton eventually finished 245-8, just four runs short of victory.

In the Premier Division, Downham Town were five-wicket victors at Cromer with Nick Kelly again the star man.

After taking 3-61 in the hosts’ 210/8, he rattled off an unbeaten 122 in Town’s 214/5 reply.

Stow’s 220/9 was not enough against leaders Fakenham, who won by seven wickets.

In Division Three, North Runcton A beat their Acle counterparts by 211 runs

They hit 314-4 and returned with maximum points to move up to third in Division Three.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, captain Darryn Faivelowitz and Mark Bunting set the tone for the innings hitting boundaries all round the ground.

Despite Faivelowitz being dismissed for a quick-fire 23 this didn’t stop Bunting

The Builders Shop man of the match went on to smash a career best 155, which included 17 fours and five sixes.

Runs kept flowing as Nick Freeman joined Bunting at the crease and scored 51, including six fours.

Tom Bunting and Darren Cubitt struck an unbeaten 36 and 23 respectively to make sure maximum batting points were secured.

In reply, the home side started aggressively but it soon became the Mike Annakin show as he took 7-31.

Runcton’s fielding saw four excellent catches as well as some very good ground fielding, this was demonstrated best when Freeman managed a run out with a direct hit.

Bob Belcher was the other wicket taker, taking 2-8.

Downham A went down by two wickets to Swaffham. Ash Corbett scored 77 of Downham’s 201 total but the visitors reached their target with 15 balls to spare.

Dersingham’s last pair held out to secure a losing draw at Stow A in Division Four.

Opener Mike Broad hit 57 of the hosts’ 181/5 but it was not enough to secure outright victory after Darren Cook and Pete Brassett protected their wicket in Dersingham’s 138/9 response.

North Runcton’s second team lost their unbeaten record in the Mid Norfolk League, losing by three wickets to Thornham.

EOC man of the match Tim Coote hit 62 of their 106 total but, despite George Means’ 3-42, Thornham reached 107-7.

λ Sam Gilbert was Stow u12s’ FW Deptford man of the match in his team’s win over Bircham.

He hit an unbeaten 29 in Stow’s 106 with Bircham closing on 78/5.