Great Yarmouth claim impressive win - but it’s not enough to save them

Sam Arthurton works the ball away as he moves towards a half century for Great Witchingham against B

Sam Arthurton works the ball away as he moves towards a half century for Great Witchingham against Burwell. Picture: Tim Ferly - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth recorded an impressive second successive win in Division One of the Norfolk League - but it wasn’t enough to save them for relegation.

They turned in an excellent display with the ball at Beaconsfield Rec to dismiss vistors St Andrews for just 88.

Mark Thompson led the way with the eye-catching figures of 5-2-8-4 while Trevor Shales weighed in with 2-26 in his 10 overs.

Great Yarmouth then batted sensibly to get home for the loss of just one wicket. Steve Hak played most of the strokes, recording 12 fours and a six in his unbeaten 68.

It was a fine effort - but Felthorpe’s win over Happisburgh meant Yarmouth were stranded in the bottom three with just one game to play, away to champions-elect Saxlingham – who beat Kirkley and Belton in a tight encounter - tomorrow.

Promoted Level Two leaders Caister won again, Paul Brown hitting 71 as they beat Great Melton C in Norwich.

Caister made 180-5, with Melton going down by 25 runs after finishing on 155-8. The most successful bowler was Ryan Goodby who took 4-36.

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Norfolk Alliance Division Three champions Martham maintaining their long winning run by seeing off Swardeston B.

Alex Bilham’s 72 helped Swardeston post a respectable total of 181-9, with Will Oakley taking 4-37. Martham lost six wickets in getting home (Kieran Spencer 51, Louis Smith 42.

Acle A had a good 23 run against Bungay which ended their visitors’ promotion hopes.

Josh Larner (48) and James Hastings (44 not out) were the mainstays of a total of 193-7, with Bungay then being bowled out for 170, with Robert Sidell taking 3-21.

Winterton lost to Sprowston A (188-6) by 75 runs after being bowled out for 113 (Ryan Edmonds 33, Simon Walker 24).

Jon Leverett made an unbeaten 100 for Sprowston with nine fours and seven sixes with Rohit Chaitanya Maesh bowling well to take 2-16 off his nine overs while the other wickets were shared around.

Martham round off their campaign with a home derby against Winterton tomorrow while Acle A visit promoted Great Melton.