Denver’s Norfolk Alliance Division Five team line up ahead of their win over Norwich 3rds. Back, from left: Gurpal Singh, Dan Cornwell, Kevin Cornwell, James Harper, Marcus Glover, Tom Gilbert. Front: Dan Clifton, Paul Morton, Joe Manning, Chris Rolfe and Harvey Wardle.Picture: SUBMITTED.

CRICKET: Stow remain third in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance, despite suffering a narrow defeat in their home derby against North Runcton.

Chasing the visitors’ total of 180/8, Stow looked on target to narrow the gap on second-placed Runcton when they reached 132/3 thanks to the efforts of Amit Dhadwal (60) and Otto Esse (43).

But, with 49 more runs needed and seven wickets in hand, they collapsed to 172 all out with almost seven overs to go.

No other home player passed 11 as Kirwin Christoffels (3-31), Ben Skipper (3-42), Michael Annakin (2-19) and Ben Coote (2-39) tore through the order.

Dhadwal had also starred with the ball, taking 4-45 in the Runcton innings. A fourth-wicket stand of 71 between Nick Freeman (52) and Coote (43) ultimately proved to be match-winning.

Leaders Downham Town cruised to a five-wicket win at Garboldisham. Addam Todd (4-24) and Chris Sharp (3-22) were the main thorns in the hosts side as they chalked up 153.

The visitors shared their runs around with Jack Gould (34no), Nathan Green (32), Ian Harrison (31) and Todd (23no) the main contributors.

Duncan Lanchester (87) and Ash Corbett (64) shared an
89-run stand in Downham A’s 97-run Division Two win over Norwich A with David Grady chipping in with a 4-23 haul.

Nathan King hit 100 and Will Pillinger 81 as Bircham saw off Bradenham by 41 runs in Division Three. Daniel and Tom King shared six wickets equally with Tom Ward taking two more.

No batsman reached 30 for North Runcton A in a disappointing 101-run defeat to Hardingham in Division Four and another big opening stand from Hockwold’s Euan Gilmour (106) and Joel Gilmour (72) of 138 was not quite enough as they lost by just two runs at Sheringham.

Jack Redhead hit 50, Matthew Blowers 49 and Jack Southgate took 4-38 but Stow A lost by two wickets at Rocklands. 

Better news at Snettisham, where Ryan Twiddy struck four 6s and 16 4s in a knock of 129 to help his side beat Beccles Town A by 44 runs.

Denver got back to winning ways in Division Five at Norwich Thirds.

The hosts moved the scoreboard along steadily with opener Anthony Goodrum playing a sensible innings of 89 to take the score to 178-7, being out in the 43rd over. 

Pick of the Denver bowlers were Joe Manning (3-29) and Chris Rolfe (3-35).

Denver lost an early wicket in reply, bringing Harvey Wardle in to join Downham Home and Garden man of the match Paul Morton and they built an excellent partnership of 133 before Wardle (52) was caught. 

Morton went on to an excellent 72 before being caught at mid-on with the score on 163. 

Gurpal Singh joined Dan Cornwell to hit the winning runs in the 31st over.

Special mention goes to 12-year-old Enoch Utuayarajan, who at times had the Denver batsmen searching for the ball with some impressive spin bowling, turning the ball both ways.

Marcus Ringwood (56) and Richard Hurst (48) shared a 117-run opening stand for Sandringham in an eight-wicket win over Dereham A in Division Six. Ben Melton also took 4-29.