A late flurry from Heacham's tail-enders was too late to save them from defeat.

Mark Skipper struck an unbeaten 100 as North Runcton continued to march on at the top of Division One of the Norfolk Alliance.

The opener helped his team chase down Beccles’ 155 for a 10-wicket win to sit 14 points clear of second-placed Lowestoft Town.

Stow climbed off the foot of the Premier Division table and hampered Brooke’s title hopes with a winning draw. Keith Thomson top scored with an unbeaten 43 in Stow’s 181/8 before the West Norfolk side went close to victory, reducing their visitors to 169/9

Overseas recruit Nick Kelly did all he could for Downham Town with 64 of his team’s 155 total but his 3-55 was not enough to stem Sprowston’s charge as they hit 256/8.

Ash Corbett scored 45 for Downham A in Division Three but their 156 total was passed for the loss of four wickets by hosts Bungay.

North Runcton A hung on for a draw against Vauxhall Mallards A, scoring 219/9 in reply to a target of 231/2.

There was a win for Dersingham over Sheringham in Division Four but Stow A crashed to an eight-wicket defeat against Winterton, who needed less than 13 overs to pass their 76 run target.

Openers John King (63) and Will Pillinger (42), with an unbeaten 56 from Robbie Preston, helped Bircham to a seven-wicket win at Bradfield A.

  •  Batsmen found runs hard to come by in the West Norfolk League.

Gayton’s Gavin Buffham hit 66 of his team’s 188 total in a 59-run victory over Bircham Seconds in the only league fixture to be played, in Division Three.

Divisional cup action waylaid the rest of the league with Roy Bland the star, taking a day’s best 5-30 and scoring 53 as Hockwold saw off Denver by nine runs in the Division One competition.

The day’s top scorer was Matthew Steeles, of Narborough, but his 68 was not quite enough to beat Gooderstone in the Division Two Cup, who came out on top by just five runs, despite the all-rounder’s bowling return of 3-31.