Downham Town continued their climb up the Premier Division table after their slow start to the Norfolk Alliance season.

They were 83-run winners at Diss, thanks to star shows from batsman Pat Yates and bowler Addam Todd.

Yates hit 103 in his team’s 242/4, with a half-century also coming from Nick Kelly. In reply, Todd took a hat-trick as Diss closed on 159/9.

North Runcton are in the bottom two after their 23-run defeat at home to Garboldisham.

The visitors hit only 157 but Runcton’s reply was ended on 134.

Stow had a hard-fought three-wicket win over Thetford Town.

A quick 58 from opener Craig Baulch helped Thetford reach 75 without loss but, once he fell – caught by Pat Green off Steven Moulton – the rot had set in and they finished their innings on 179, with Lloyd Richmond (4-36) their main tormentor.

Stow’s reply got off to a terrible start with Warren Bowman falling without a run scored and Ed Landymore out to make it 13-2.

Will Denny’s counter attack was ended on 26 and the loss of Green and George Cook saw Stow in trouble at 80-5.

But captain George Thomson and Otto Esse then produced a match-winning partnership. Both players batted calmly and superbly manoeuvred the ball around the field. Esse’s big blows took the game out of Thetford’s control with a solid 46 and Thomson stuck around to score an unbeaten 63 as Stow reached a winning 180/7 in the 49th over.

Alex Vincent delivered a bowling masterclass to help Downham Town A to a seven-wicket win over Great Melton in Division Three. His three overs yielded four wickets, including a hat-trick, with two maidens. Jason Porter also took 3-14 as the visitors were dismissed for 108.

Opener Ian Simmonds (50no) and Ash Corbett (39no) combined in an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand to secure victory inside 30 overs.

Dersingham stayed in touch at the top of the Division Three table with a seven-wicket demolition of Rocklands.

Benji Linsell (4-27) and Darren Cook (3-24) helped send Rocklands packing for 98 with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand between Jack Southgate (36) and Jack Melton-Doy (30) easing Dersingham to a 21-point haul.

North Runcton A failed to capitalise on a solid start at Sheringham. Openers Jack Johnson (34) and George Rawlings (18) scored 52 between them but only Darren Cubitt (17) passed five runs in the rest of the order as they succumbed for 97, with David King grabbing 5-15.

Callum Fisher got an early breakthrough in the reply but that proved to be the only wicket to fall as Sheringham reached 98/1 in the 24th over.

Hockwold sailed on at the top of Division Six with a 10-wicket rout of Dereham A.

The visitors’ openers scored 84 but the rest of the batsmen added only 29 with six failing to score. Seventeen extras boosted their total to 130.

Hockwold needed only 21 overs to hit their target with openers Joel (63no) and Euan Gilmour (56no) steering the winning course.

λ Stow u15s were 37-run victors at Swaffham.

Ben Wilcox scored a commendable 24 on a difficult wicket as Stow ended up on 80.

Stow knew they had to bowl well and that’s what happened as Finlay Wilcox (4-8) and Kieran Knott (2-14) blew away the top six batsmen for 11 runs.

The hosts recovered slightly but fell well short of victory, being bowled out for 43.