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HALVERGATE moved into top spot in the Alliance Division Five after a nine-wicket victory over previous league leaders Brooke A.Brooke chose to bat first on a dry, flat pitch.

HALVERGATE moved into top spot in the Alliance Division Five after a nine-wicket victory over previous league leaders Brooke A.

Brooke chose to bat first on a dry, flat pitch. However, the Halvergate bowlers delivered tight opening spells which put the pressure back onto the batsmen.

First Tom Booth struck, followed by three more wickets from Tim Crane, who had reeled off five maidens in succession. After 12 overs Brooke were in trouble on 14-4.

They made a slight recovery as C Bennett and M Douglas stopped the rot with a 63 partnership. Douglas was starting to look dangerous but Scott Foreman pouched his third catch to have him dismissed for 42.

The sixth wicket fell shortly after when London had Bennett caught at slip for 25 to leave the score on 82.

The Hares continued to chip away with wickets falling regularly. Danny Cook removed four of the lower order in a good spell of bowling and Booth's re-introduction brought about the end of the innings for 111.

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All the bowlers performed superbly and received good support from the fielders.

The Halvergate opening batsmen had to face a good spell of bowling from S Jackson who was getting some movement with the new ball.

Pat Hill succumbed to be caught in the slips for five but the in-form Steven Clarke weathered the storm and, after he had hit Jackson out of the attack, had no trouble with anything else that was thrown at him.

Simon Brister had joined Clarke and the pair raced each other towards their 50s, but when Clarke hit 10 from the 22nd over he won out to record his fourth consecutive half-century, leaving Brister on 42 not out.

The Hares will be looking to maintain their position at Diss A this week.

Eden Resourcing MoM: Tim Crane with 3-18 from 12 overs.

ROLLESBY visited Winterton looking to get their season back on track after a poor display against Kirkley Sport the previous week.

Winterton batted first on a green, grassy pitch and Clarke and Crawley survived the opening salvo from D Cook and J Flett, taking the score

to 60 before Sparkes had Crawley (26) caught at short extra by J Flett.

The experienced Clarke combined aggression with watchful defence, before he was deceived in the flight by N Flett for 43. He was quickly followed by G Roper (9) and Webb (0) to leave the home side 89 for four.

This brought Witheridge to crease and he was typically aggressive against anything loose and with Aubin took the score past the 100 mark. The returning Cook then bowled Aubin (3), before a brief cameo by Utting (20) who was dismissed by J Flett. And when Witheridge fell for 28, the score was 145 for seven.

T Roper (14 not out), Percival (7) and Larner (5 not out) ensured the next batting point was reached and the innings finished 170 for eight.

A decent performance in the field with a special mention for R Sparkes (2-50) who completed his allotted 12 overs despite the inability to bend.

The Rollesby response started poorly with M Browning (9) adjudged lbw and S Alger (1) bowled with just 17 on the board. The innings never really gained any momentum as starts were made, without any batsmen making the big score that the visitors required.

J Browning (18) came and went with a flurry of boundaries. Chaney (14) was bowled round his legs. L Payne was then run out.

Layton (14) and Roffey (24) provided some stability, but when they fell the innings was looking like subsiding as in the week before.

However, a late rally from the brothers Flett, meant a veneer of respectability was achieved, with J Flett smashing the ball to all parts, before finally being the last man out for 31 with the score 145.

Once again a decent performance in the field was let down by the batting, which will have to improve if Rollesby is to challenge for honours.

Filby man-of-the-match: J Flett (2-49 and 31).

Winterton entertained local rivals Rollesby at the Hambrook Oval in Norfolk League Division One and won the toss, electing to bat.

The opening pair of Bryn Clarke and Dan Crawley got off to a good start adding 60 before the latter was out for 26.

Winterton then lost four wickets for 29 runs including Clarke for 43 and Martin Witheridge for 28.

Some good running and a few lusty blows saw the home side to 170-8 from their 45 overs which meant a good display in the field would be required after tea.

Ben Utting (20) and Tom Roper (14 no) ensured Winterton got their fourth batting point.

Rollesby opened up their innings with attacking intent but this proved their downfall as Ben Utting (3-33) and Richie Larter (2-38) reduced them

to 61-5.

It could have been worse for Rollesby but for a number of dropped catches and sloppy ground fielding.

The two Toms - Roper and Whichelow - chipped in with a wicket apiece to leave Winterton on the edge of victory at 103-8.

However, J Flett blasted the ball to all parts for 31, but when he was bowled Rollesby were 26 short of victory - with Winterton claiming 25 points to go clear at the top after Aldborough lost to Hardingham.

Caister played against Worstead in the Broke Cup at Worstead.

Worstead won the toss and batted first on a good batting track. R Eagleton 21, Beedon a fine 65 and Browne 29, took the home side to 195-8 from 40 overs.

Caister openers Stokes and Rob Brown set about chasing a very good total. Worstead's bowlers struggled to make an impression and Caister rattled along at five plus an over. With the total on 133 Brown holed out for a superb 88.

Stokes hit a fine 73 not out, P Brown 16 and G Talbot hit the winning boundary. Caister won by eight wickets.

Well done to all who played and bowlers Bartram, Tennant, Martin Talbot, R Brown. Skipper Johnson also bowled.