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ACLE completed back-to-back victories over Cromer in the Alliance Premier Division with a crushing 87-run win.Acle chose to bat first but a green seaming wicket and accurate bowling forced Acle's openers to dig in to survive.

ACLE completed back-to-back victories over Cromer in the Alliance Premier Division with a crushing 87-run win.

Acle chose to bat first but a green seaming wicket and accurate bowling forced Acle's openers to dig in to survive.

Rob Porter and Haydn Murray went leaving Acle at 35-2 after 17 overs. A dogged partnership of 53 between Peter Nobbs and Dave Huggins alleviated some of the pressure, before Adam Munford kept the scoreboard moving with a quick 14, including the innings' first six.

Skipper Paul Munford turned the game. As Nobbs continued to play the anchor role Munford unleashed some powerful drives during a run-a-ball 39.

When Nobbs finally fell for a diligent 64 Acle had lifted the scoring rate above four an over for the first time and a final flurry from the lower order took them to 219-9. A total of 131 runs came in the final 20 overs, 48 extras donated by the home side.

Paul Newman got Acle's defence off to the perfect start, clean bowling Turner. Given a reprieve, Clarke launched a counter-attack that benefited from the short boundaries.

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Grady and Newman each struck further blows, but the key wicket came when Clarke played one reckless shot too many against Grady, and Nobbs held a steepling catch at backward point.

At 46-4 with their danger man gone Cromer fell to 82-7. Charlwood and Gascoyne set their sights on batting for the draw, frustrating Acle through 14 overs of resistance.

Rob Porter finally broke the deadlock by inducing an edge through to the keeper, and Acle only had to wait two balls for their next breakthrough courtesy of a run out. Porter completed the win when Charlwood chipped to mid off, rounding off an excellent team performance with contributions throughout the side.

MoM: Peter Nobbs.

ACLE A entertained Great Witchingham A. Skipper M Handley elected to have a bowl.

Witchingham got off to a good start, scoring quite freely before Acle's bowlers clicked in. Joey Siddell bowled nicely for excellent figures of 4-17 and Witchingham finished with 181-8 from 46 overs.

Paul Adams and Geoff Handley scored at a good rate. Adams reached his 50 and Handley wasn't far behind. Adams produced some monster blows and Acle sealed the win in typical fashion with Adams playing past the keeper for four. Adams finished on a magnificent 113 not out and Handley finished with a patient 66 not out and the two with a partnership of 184.

A big thanks go to PN High for his sponsorship of the match.

PN High MoM: Paul Adams.

HALVERGATE held their lead at the top of Norfolk Alliance Division Five with a winning draw at Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A.

For only the third time this season Halvergate had to set a target, and they scored 189 - Steven Clarke 3, Steve Cooke 41, Simon Brister 13, Kelvin London 45, Pat Hill 28.

Halvergate's defence started badly as J Mitchell set about the opening attack, the score 46 after just six overs, Tom Booth going for 39 from his three-over spell. Mitchel was caught in the deep by Brister off Shaun Howley for 42 off only 24 balls (eight fours and a six).

The next 20 overs yielded just 34 runs as bowlers Tim Crane and Shaun Howley (4-18 in his initial nine-over spell) turned the screw. Crane conceded only 10 runs from 12 including seven maidens. After 35 overs Wanderers had reached 115-6 after Howley had just picked up his fifth wicket. The game seemed to have reached a stalemate until Tom Booth picked up three quick wickets.

However, Wanderers held out for the losing draw with their opener batting through the entire 46 overs for only 20 runs.

Eden Resourcing MoM: Shaun Howley, 5-15 from 12 overs.

HALVERGATE A produced a strong all-round performance to defeat Rocklands A at home.

Despite some heavy rain over the previous 48 hours, Halvergate groundsman Mike Key had produced another excellent wicket and the Halvergate skipper David Jones had no hesitation in choosing to bat, the total 174 all out in the 44th over (Luke Hannant 41).

Willimot provided an inspired spell of bowling to remove the Rocklands openers. Jones and Willimot reduced the visitors to 60-4 after 24 overs. Debbage and Graham Harrop claimed wickets but it needed some excellent fielding from Halvergate youngsters Will Howley and Matt Beck to prevent much needed boundaries for the visitors. Just as the game looked to be dragging to a close, Paul Ryan and Harrop reduced Rocklands to nine wickets down. The innings was ended by Ryan in the 40th over, giving the Hares a 68-run victory.

Halvergate A travel to Lowestoft B tomorrow, looking to cement their top-half position in NCL Division Five.

ROLLESBY beat Kettringham Hall in Norfolk League Division One having won the toss and electing to bat.

M Duxbury (7) and W Layton took the score to 37. Chaney (5) J Browning (1) then Layton (30) departed with Rollesby 56-4 and struggling.

S Alger and E Roffey took the score to 93 before Roffey was dismissed for 13, S Alger then followed for 26 looking to accelerate the innings. C Alger and D Cook, attempted to up the rate further, but the pitch continued to make this difficult and after a valiant attempt C Alger fell for seven, with the score on 116-7. However, a late flurry of boundaries by D Cook (18) and M Browning (28 no) ensured the home team reached 153-8.

The visitors' response started briskly but when Sprong, 14, was dismissed by J Flett the run rate subsided as J Flett and D Cook took control, with Butler (4) being dismissed by Cook.

The introduction of Duxbury and C Alger then tightened the screw, with Bobbin (10) being dismissed attempting to break the shackles. Bush briefly threatened to wrest the initiative, but ran himself out attempting a third run.

With wickets falling and the run rate rising, Rollesby began to take control and when M Duxbury dismissed House (6) this triggered a fatal collapse to 78-8. The young Kett Hall tail ensured Rollesby failed to take maximum bowling points, taking the innings to a relatively respectable 107-9.

ROLLESBY A travelled to Ketteringham Hall A in Division Six and lost by 29 runs.

Rollesby were asked to field first.

Ketteringham Hall lost opener T Briggs second ball to a good delivery from Roy Websdale but had to wait until the 26th over for the second wicket as B McKenzie (32) and S Hincham (58) built a partnership of 104 at over four runs per over, McKenzie being run out by some sharp fielding by Websdale.

The Rollesby bowlers continued to toil in the sun as Hall reached 207-5 in their 45 overs.

Alan Fakes and Johnny Payne progressed at four an over until the 10th over when Fakes (25) was caught attempting another booming drive. Two further wickets followed for three runs, Payne (15) caught and Jimmy Catchpole bowled for a duck.

At 41-3 Roy Websdale (54) and Brian Price (47) put on 118 runs in 26 overs to put Rollesby in a potentially winning position. But in the 39th over Price was unluckily run out. Rollesby lost four further batsmen for two runs to end the game as a contest.

The Rollesby fielders showed excellent application on a very warm afternoon with the wicket providing little assistance to the bowlers and a fast outfield giving every advantage to the batting side.

Rollesby ended on 178-9. The return fixture takes place this weekend at the RCG.

Rollesby MoM: Roy Websdale for 54 runs, two wickets and a run out.

ROLLESBY entertained Swanton Morley in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League, losing by seven wickets.

After electing to bat they lost E Roffey (6) early. However, J Payne (16) and M Ryles (14) steadied the ship and a further partnership between M Browning (44) and W Barnden (18) should have provided a platform.

But wickets fell trying to up the rate and the innings ended on 139 all out.

The total never looked like being enough, as the shortage of bowlers was exposed. However, wickets for Sparkes, Alger and Browning and an encouraging spell by Will Barnden provided the highlights.

A brisk 63 from visiting captain Bidwell always meant the visitors were in control.

Filby King's Head MoM: W Barnden.

WINTERTON suffered a 61-run defeat at Caister which sees the Tonnies knocked off the top spot in Norfolk League Division One for the first time this season, slipping into third place behind Hardingham and Aldborough.

Caister elected to bat first with R Stokes and P Brown (39) adding 59 for the first wicket in good time. Tom Roper (3-27) and two wickets from Ben Webb reduced them to 87-5.

But Stokes with a fine and patient 61, coupled with some important lusty blows from C Bartrum and N Hewitt, saw Casiter reach a reasonable 168-9.

Winterton captain Kevin Percival picked up three late wickets.

Winterton's batsmen never looked at ease, particularly against Caister captain Tim Sims who bowled with great aggression to take 3-11 from his 12 overs.

Winteron collapsed to 62-7 and struggled to 107 all out, Kevin Percival top scoring with 30. A Myhill, C Tennant and R Stokes all picked up two wickets for Caister.

Tomorrow the sides meet again at the Hambrook Oval.

CAISTER, after a series of defeats, entertained Division One leaders Winterton at Allendale Road.

Caister won the toss and decided to bat first on a drying wicket. Openers Stokes and Rob Brown got the innings off to a good start, putting on 59 before a promising innings from Brown was ended by Larner, caught for 39.

Paul Brown contributed 13 before he was caught and bowled by T Roper. A batting collapse followed, two of the next three batsman did not trouble the scorers and the only other contributions were from Bartram (14) and Hewitt (20). Johnson came straight from the airport to make Caister's 11th man and finished one not out.

What started so promisingly ended with Caister finishing on 168-9 in their 45 overs thanks to a fine 61 from Stokes.

Winterton's reply did not get off to a great start with Clark being caught for one. Roper joined Austin and the pair started to rebuild the innings, the score progressed to 43 when a smart stumping by Church off the bowling of Myhill ended Austin's stay at the wicket. Winterton's batting struggled against some tight Caister bowling, Sims bowled six maidens in his

12-over spell, taking 3-11 and was well supported by the rest of the bowlers. Percival managed to contribute 30 to the total but was dismissed by another stumping by keeper Church. Four of the batsman got starts but could not go on and Winterton struggled to 107 all out so ending a barren run of results.

Caister travelled to Bacton on Sunday to try and keep their unbeaten record.

Caister's opening attack M Talbot and Tennant had Bacton's opening pair playing and missing but not getting a touch. Bacton closed on 128 all out which did not seem to be a difficult total to chase.

A stunning catch at deep fine leg saw Stokes trudge off for three, Vajrala was dismissed lbw, the first of three to depart by that method by the same bowler. Caister's batsmen were having a bad day, collapsing to 73-8.

P Brown and skipper Johnson got their heads down and set about trying to win the game that looked to be slipping away. Bacton slowly saw the game drop through their hands as Paul Brown 45 not out and Mark Johnson 21 not out saw Caister home with over 10 overs to spare.

Belton entertained Norwich Union at the Common in Norfolk League Division Two and fell 47 runs short.

The first eight Norwich Union batsmen reached double figures as Belton struggled to find some rhythm to their attack. Farhad Khan stemmed the runs and took four wickets in the process, but solid innings from A Roberts (39) and D Lardner (41) ensured a good total of 223-8 from 45 overs.

Belton were off to a steady start, Steve Day and Cameron Nichols putting on 42 in 10 overs. Day made 40 before he was stumped attempting to up the rate and with the needless run-out of Saj Ali for only four, Belton were soon on the back foot.

Farhad Khan led the fightback with some enormous hits. His 54 included seven fours and three sixes, but he perished in the deep just when the Union fielders were beginning to think all was lost.

Tom Knight reached 14 and Liam Peake was 10 not out at the end. Mark Hodds contributed a quick 14 but Belton finished on 177.

BELTON'S climb up the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League table continued when they entertained Worstead.

Russell Bird and Wayne Goreham worked hard to see off the new ball pairing and reached 59 before Bird attempted an expansive drive and was bowled for 30. Goreham followed one run later - for 20. The two Richards, Goreham and Ashling, led the fightback as they took the score to 86. Goreham and Ian Spenser renewed the attack - with Spencer's quick 31 adding the required impetus. Goreham went on to make a fine 75 before he was run out off the last ball of the innings. Belton finished on 202-5 from 40 overs.

Gavin Moar had Robbie Eagleton caught for three and Beedon bowled for just 10. Bob Eagleton and Stuart Williamson reached 43 before Phil White accounted for Williamson - caught behind by Wayne Goreham for six. Eagleton made 27 before he too was caught behind. A Browne struck three sixes on his way to 45, but the return of Moar proved decisive, Browne's off stump was sent reeling and Belton were truly on top.

Wickets fell regularly as Worsted searched for some batting points. They finished on 146, adrift by 56 runs.

MARTHAM, in Norfolk League Division Four, having been beaten the previous week at home by Ashmanhaugh A, made the return trip and were asked to field with a very weakened side.

Sayer and Spencer reduced the home team to 35-3. The fielding was very good and pressure was kept on the home team for the whole 45 overs. The highlight of a fine display was a superb slip catch by Ad Sayer. D Spencer continued to bowl superbly, ending with figures of 6-25, backed by L Dunn with 3-52. Batting resistance came from Sanders who scored a very good 94 not out.

Beckett and Whittingham opened for Martham and with two brilliant batting performances, taking no chances, they frustrated the home attack and pushed their first-wicket partnership to 135 when Whittingham was lbw after scoring a superb 51. Beckett was joined by Sayer and the two batted carefully to achieve the winning score of 169 for the loss of just one wicket with Beckett ending with a brilliant 92 not out.

HEMSBY: Hudson won the toss and batted as Hemsby chased maximum batting points to retain the leadership of Division Six against Brisley.

But they were faced by good bowling from Longworth and Soulby. No batsman ever dominated the Brisley bowling until Maxwell and Cossey came together with score at 91-7.

When Cossey fell for a useful 24 the innings quickly ended Maxwell finished undefeated on 24. So Hemsby had 141 to defend at tea.

Soon, however, the Brisley reply was in tatters. First Boylan found a leading edge and took another sharp caught and bowled. Then Shailes pushed at a Boylan delivery and Maxwell took a superb catch. Then Whatmough swept through the air to remove the Brisley captain Greef and the away side's score was 5-3. Hudson got in on the act, removing Walpole and then Key was dropped off his bowling. Key played a few aggressive shots but the other batsmen quickly subsided. Brisley all out for 43 in the 17th over.

MoM: Alan Maxwell/Liam Boylan.

BLUNDESTON travelled to Garboldisham in Norfolk League Division Six and obtained full points from another good win.

After winning only his third toss of the season captain Talbot elected to bat first on a green pitch. Mobbs and Talbot saw off the swinging new ball and as they began to push Mobbs (34) fell to the slow spinners of Tippett. Gooch made a steady 26 before also falling to Tippett, Chapman looked to push hard but fell to a good diving catch. Bowns soon followed, failing to read Tippett's slow- turning deliveries.

Talbot (101) had moved past his 50 at this point and with strong support from Sam Goffin (22) enjoyed a strong partnership, and the final over of the innings brought up the captain's 100, and a firmly-hit four from Goffin brought up the 200 and maximum batting points.

Gooch and Chapman looked to exact their revenge on Tippett (32) but to no avail, despite countless appeals and edges not finding the hands of the slips.

Chapman then broke through in only his second over, producing an array of cutters before a thick edge went straight to captain Talbot. Fiddler was the next to go, miscuing a drive to mid-off from Chapman's bowling. Burgess and Martin Talbot then produced spells of tight bowling, Martin picking up Shepard and Eagle. Nick Mobbs then provided a flawless two-over spell with figures of three for nought. Shreeve, Dominic Gooch and Johnny Mobbs each picked up Garboldisham's remaining batsman, including a diving catch in the deep from Chapman and a catch from Graeme Talbot to end the day's proceedings. Next, it's Beccles at home.

SOUTH Walsham defeated Aylsham St Giles by 35 runs in a 40-overs match at Aylsham.

Walsham were asked to bat first on a pitch of variable bounce. Chris Woods was first to go for 11 in the 13th over with the score on 22, Richard Whiteside fell for 13 at over 23 with the score on 50. There was a complete transformation in the final 17 overs when the Walsham batsmen plundered 143 runs.

Neil Johnson started things off with a quick 32 which included three sixes, and after he and anchor man Dave Watkins had been dismissed for 31, Paul Woods and Garth Futter came together on 112-5 with nine overs left. Paul Woods hit four sixes in a brilliant 53 while Futter was not far behind with 37 not out. A score of 193-6 was a fine effort from where Walsham were at the half-way stage.

After tea Bingham, Aylsham's star bat, hit anything off line to the boundary. He took one chance too many when he took on Paul Woods' arm and was run out for 22.

From then on Aylsham started to fall behind the run rate thanks to tight bowling from Futter, Johnson and Gilbert. Some good hitting from Sam Hudson with 51 kept the game interesting but Walsham always remained in control as Aylsham finished on 158-4, which was 36 runs short of victory.

Upton White Horse MoM: Great performances by Paul Woods, Futter and Johnson but Woods wins it for his high-quality 50 and running out Aylsham's star man.