Captain Pete Brassett led by example for Dersingham against North Runcton A in Division Four of the Norfolk Alliance.
But his 7-24 return was not enough to earn a win as his team’s batting collapsed in stunning style when victory appeared to be theirs.
Dersingham looked in little trouble at 92-1 when Brassett introduced himself to the attack.
He quickly dismissed veteran Anthony Dobing (28) with a smart caught and bowled and then got the key wicket of captain George Rawlings for a well played 77.
He continued to rip through the Runcton order to leave them 142 all out.
Dersingham’s pursuit of the modest total began well with openers Alex Havers (38) and Ben Southgate (35) finding the boundary with ease.
The introduction of left arm spinner Callum Fisher changed things as he dismissed the pair, however with the score 102-2 with many overs left, a Dersingham victory seemed inevitable.
That was until a major batting collapse saw Dersingham lose their last eight wickets for just 12 runs thanks to the bowling of IBA Wealth Management Man of the Match Fisher
(4-21), Will Means (2-29) and wily veteran Ben Skipper
Stow A openers Mike Broad (61) and Ben Wilcox (43) put on 105 for the first wicket against Norwich B but, despite solid middle order knocks from Matthew Blowers (28) and Jamie White (26) a total of 219/7 was not enough to defend.
Norwich were reduced to 121/3 but did not lose another wicket on their way to victory with more than five overs to spare.
Shaun Fisher scored as many runs for Bircham as opponents Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers managed as a team in their Division Five encounter.
He struck an unbeaten 102 with Will Pillinger (40) and Liam Crompton (32) helping raise 240/6.
Fisher (2-7) and Pillinger
(2-4) then picked up the ball with Carlos Greeves (3-17) and Matthew Rowe (2-20) to wrap up a 138-run win.
In the Premier Division, Downham Town continued to put their slow start to the season behind them with a three-wicket win over Old Buckenham to move into fourth place in the table.
Jack Gould top scored with an unbeaten 52 and Chris Sharp took 3-44 in the Bucks’ innings.
North Runcton went down to Sprowston by an agonising two runs. Sprowston struck 204/7 from their 50 overs, built around a strong mid-order partnership between Jon Leverett (57) and David Burcombe (43).
Opener Dean Robinson led the Runcton reply with 67 and Michael Crisp was unbeaten on 44 when the overs ran out.
Stow were well beaten by Norwich A in Division One.
The city side rattled off 319 with big scores from Chris Borrett (108) and Sanjay Mishra (94).
Lloyd Richmond was the pick of the Runcton bowlers with 4-44 and there was a brace apiece for Dan Ward, Sam Morgan and Ed Landymore.
Steve Moulton scored an unbeaten 58 from the No.8 position but his team could only manage 225 under pressure from Yathesraj Kailainathan
(4-9) and Jamie Mirner (3-50) to go down by 94 runs.
Downham Town A marched on at the top of Division Three with a 143-run win over Mundford.
Alex Vincent took 3-28 after Jason Porter (91), Ian Simmonds (56), Vincent (37) and Ash Corbett (37) had built the foundations of a strong Town innings of 274/9.