Wickets tumble at Rectory Meadow where Bircham beat Diss A by two wickets in Division Six of the Norfolk Alliance.

Stow faced a tough task in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance against Diss.

David Took (155) and James Wilby (101) shared a partnership of 236 in the visitors’ 325/3 total. But that was not enough for victory as Ed Landymore (46) and MKM man of the match Warren Bowman (39no) helped the hosts hang on for a losing draw with 176/8.

Pat Yates scored an unbeaten 104 for Downham Town in their draw with Fakenham. Fakenham were all out for 217 and Town reached 203/9 in reply.

North Runcton clocked up an eight-wicket win in Division One after bowling Great Witchingham out for 100.

Two Downham A batsmen fell agonisingly short of half-centuries in their five-wicket win against Hardingham. Ian Simmonds and Paul Harwood were both out for 49 but Chris Sharp just made it, reaching 51.

Brown & Co man of the match Nick Freeman struck 108 in North Runcton A’s winning draw against Brooke A.

Openers Alex Havers and Jamie Tuck scored 53 but the other nine batsmen could muster only 54 between them as Dersingham suffered a 32-run defeat against Winterton.

Eighteen wickets fell for less than 200 runs as Bircham scraped home at Diss A in Division Six.

Shaun Fisher (4-14) and Carlos Greeves (3-22) sent the hosts back for 96 but Bircham used all but two of their wickets in reply.

Tim Coote struck an unbeaten 82 to pick up the Clanpress man of the match award as North Runcton 2nds beat Snettisham in the Mid Norfolk League.