Exciting times for Acle cricket

PUBLISHED: 08:52 12 May 2017

Archant Norfolk 2016

These are exciting times for Acle Cricket Club.

After winning their opening two matches in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance the newly promoted team lead the early table by 12 points.

They also have a Carter Cup quarter-final to look forward to on May 28, with a home draw against fellow Alliance side Old Buckenham giving them a realistic chance of reaching the last four.

Looking at home at a higher level, Acle maintained their bright start to the season when they travelled to defending champions Brooke and came away with a second successive win.

It was a reasonably comfortable success too, with the visitors winning by four wickets with 10 overs to spare after bowling the opposition out for 176.

Skipper John Habershon top scored for Brooke with 39 while Andrew Spaxman took four wickets, with the Acle response being led by Tom Wilson (52) and Geoff Handley (47).

There was a second tie of the Alliance season in Division Three - with neighbours Martham and Acle A sharing the spoils in a dramatic encounter.

Martham did well to get up to 250-8 after Rob Porter (4-22) had helped reduce them to 96-7.

The recovery was engineered by Alex Sayer (90 not out) and Simeon Randell (60) who added an impressive 120 for the eighth wicket. In contrast Acle seconds started well, with Neil Moggan making 61 and Paul Munford 60, before being pegged back by the visitors and it eventually finished all square with their last pair at the crease.

On Saturday Acle host North Runcton looking to make it three straight wins (1pm) while Acle A play the same opposition away. Elsewhere in Division Three Martham host Bungay and Winterton travel to Fakenham seconds.

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