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Halvergate held their lead at the top of Norfolk Alliance Divis-ion Five with a home win, but were run close by Diss A in a low-scoring game.Halvergate chose to field first and although they could not make an early breakthrough, their bowlers made it very difficult for Diss to score.

Halvergate held their lead at the top of Norfolk Alliance Divis-ion Five with a home win, but were run close by Diss A in a low-scoring game.

Halvergate chose to field first and although they could not make an early breakthrough, their bowlers made it very difficult for Diss to score. In the 12th over Tim Crane struck to leave the visitors on 12 for one.

Runs and wickets were hard to come by. After 30 overs the total had only reached 62 for three. Bowlers were rotated and two further wickets fell to take the score to 76 for five from 35 overs.

Only in the final four overs did the batsmen chance their arms, scoring 23 runs to close the innings on 127 for eight.

Halvergate saw 41 runs coming from the first nine overs with Steven Clarke scoring 31 of them. It started to drizzle which seemed to affect the batsmen's concentration, and four wickets fell in the following two overs with no further runs added.

Simon Brister and Kelvin London steadied the ship with a 30-run partnership before London fell for 13. A brief cameo from Tim Armstrong saw Halvergate creep a little closer to their target but when he fell for 11 it left the Hares precariously placed on 98 for six.

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The rain became a little heavier and after a lengthy delay there was a break in the weather and play got back under way. Almost immediately another wicket fell but Brister (46no) and Tom Knapp (10no) knocked off the remaining 30 runs in three overs just before the heavens opened again.

Eden Resourcing Man of the Match: Simon Brister for holding together the Havlergate innings with 46 not out.

ROLLESBY visited Drayton in Norfolk League Division One. Under cloudy skies, having won the toss, the home side batted first on what looked an excellent track.

Despite an excellent opening spell by D Cook and J Flett, Rollesby were unable to make early inroads.

Hawes and Wright combined dogged resistance with the occasional aggressive shot and took the score to 70, before Duxbury induced an error by Wright (36), who was quickly followed by Foreman (0) who had his stumps rearranged by C Alger.

Mario-Ghae had a brief cameo, butskied one into the gloves of the Chaney to become Duxbury's second victim.

Hawes became Duxbury's third victim for a dogged 34, Soanes (0) and Kay (12) quickly followed and at 106 for six, the home team was in a little difficulty.

However, a defiant 22 from Denny took the score to 134 before he was dismissed by D Cook, Alger then accounted for Z Mario-Ghae (4) to leave Drayton 140 for eight.

However, Davies (19 not out) and Reeve (12 not out) took the score to 167 for eight.

Rollesby's P Cook and Duxbury scored at a brisk rate, punishing some wayward bowling, before Mario-Ghae dismissed Duxbury (28) with the score on 76 off 15 overs.

Chaney joined Cook and threatened to inflict more damage before playing on for 14. This seemed to becalm the innings, especially with P Cook (45) and J Browning (0) falling with the addition of only one run.

E Roffey and J Payne started slowly and the home took advantage and Drayton began to put pressure on the batsman, taking pace off the ball. With runs beginning to dry up Payne (3) was run out with the score 128 and M Browning (2) soon followed.

D Cook joined Roffey who was combining watchful defence with some excellent shots, but he was deceived by Foreman and bowled for 29.

However, a flurry of boundaries from D Cook (8 not out) and C Alger (13 not out) ensured Rollesby got home with three wickets remaining.

Filby King's Head man-of-the-match: P Cook (45).

GREATYARMOUTH, ravaged by injuries, suffered a second successive heavy Division One defeat, by Ketteringham Hall, going down by 10 wickets away.

With six first teamers unavailable Yarmouth dipped deep into their resources but still turned out with a solid 11.

Yarmouth were asked to bat first and a steady start gave no indication of the carnage to come. The first wicket fell in the fifth over with 22 on the board but a succession of batsmen getting in and then out again saw Yarmouth collapse to 51 for seven just 12 overs later.

It was left to the Yarmouth captain Fitzsimmons with the tail to try and salvage a defendable total, and in Fewkes he found solid support.

It was dour stuff but there was no surrender from the pair as they blocked their way for 14 overs. The highlight of the partnership was undoubtedly Fawkes, still on one after nine overs, greeting the first over of spin with a six. The partnership was finally broken with Smith's first ball as Fitzsimmons (17), surprised by the chest high full toss, skied a catch to short fine leg.

Fawkes (11) departed shortly afterwards with his edge palmed from slip to gully. Last-wicket pair Anguish and Johnston added a further 21 with Anguish turning back the years with an entertaining unbeaten 20.

Yarmouth's total of 108 was never likely to be enough and with heavy rain forecast, the home side were in no mood to hang around. Openers Butler (49 not out) and Sprong (59 not out) attacked early and often to ensure the game was concluded and reached the required total in only 18 overs.

Burton Arms men-of-the-match. Stephen Fewkes and Terry Anguish, showing the batsmen how to do it with two very different innings.

Winterton A (7pts) lost at Martham (24) by 42 runs in Division Four.

The visitors inserted the home side on a wet-looking pitch. Mark Holsworth and Mark Hambrook kept things tight throughout the opening overs which saw just seven runs on the board, Holsworth bowling opener Whittingham for two.

Hambrook bowled young Sayer (17) with the score on 30 after 18 overs. Just three runs later Hambrook bowled Woodhouse for a duck, finishing his spell of 12 overs with two wickets for 13.

Beckett and Punchard put on a partnership of 63 before Jonno Stanhope-Smith made the breakthrough getting Punchard (27) caught by a stunning catch from Andy Thackeray.

Beckett was the next batsman to succumb to the bowling of Stanhope-Smith, but not before scoring a well taken 60. Collins (35) returned to the crease, having retired hurt earlier in the innings, however could only add four runs before he became the third victim of Stanhope-Smith, being bowled.

Spencer (10) was the next to fall, again to Stanhope-Smith thanks to young Matthew Stanhope-Smith's first catch for Winterton.

Stanhope-Smith's fifth wicket then came when young James Ewing was bowled for a duck, trying to hit as many runs as possible from the last few overs.

The final Martham wicket to fall again came whilst the batsmen were pushing for every run possible. A mix-up in the middle led to Abrahams (6) being run out by Mark Holsworth in the final over of the innings.

The Martham innings ended on 197 for nine from 45 overs.

Mark Hambrook and Tom Crowhurst opened the Winterton innings but could only manage eight runs before Hambrook (3) was caught by L Dunn from the bowling of Spencer. Only 13 runs were on the board before the second wicket fell, Spencer getting Drewitt (2) out leg before.

Thackeray joined Crowhurst in the middle and the two batted eight overs for just nine runs before Crowhurst (9) fell to a sharp catch off of the bowling of young Sayer.

Karl Lawes joined Thackeray and the two picked off the bad balls and kept out the good balls to help put Winterton back on track with a partnership of 65.

Thackeray (39) then edged behind off bowler Randell to bring stand-in skipper Stanhope-Smith to the crease.

Stanhope-Smith and Lawes (33) took the score to 106 before the latter was clean bowled by Randell. Andy Ewing then joined the skipper in the middle but the two could only manage to add 11 runs to the total, before Stanhope-Smith (17) was caught going back on the crease and given lbw from the bowling of Sayer.

Holsworth (13) came in for a quick cameo innings as he and Ewing put 35 runs on for the seventh wicket before coming unstuck to the bowling of James Ewing.

Matthew Stanhope-Smith and Ewing managed just six runs from the last two overs to bring the Winterton innings to a close on 155 for seven, still 42 runs short of the desired total.

Both sides have to be applauded for playing the last 20 overs in appalling conditions in a good spirit.

HALVERGATE A continued their late season renaissance to beat both Lowestoft B and the weather in Division Five.

Halvergate skipper David Jones put the home side into bat. Glyn Debbage and Jones shared three wickets in the opening four overs aided by sharp catches from Graham Harrop and Matt Beck.

The visitors kept the pressure on with some excellent fielding, with Simon Dowsett preventing a certain boundary. The Hares were soon celebrating further wickets when Debbage bowled Udell and dismissed Porter.

Jones accounted for Shea, caught by Ben Key and when Steve Utting caught Smith off the bowling of Debbage the Lowestoft card made gruesome reading at 28 for seven after 16 overs.

The Lowestoft tail made a determined effort with Goldspink and then Thompson offering some resistance. Stuart Willimot and Harrop joined the attack to take the remaining wickets with the home side all out for 64 from 31 overs.

With heavy rain imminent, the Halvergate openers looked to make a positive start but Willimot soon departed following a running catch in the deep.

Ben Key provided a solid foundation with the pitch still providing generous assistance to the bowlers. Chris Mills failed to settle and was clean bowled with the Hares on 16 in the sixth over.

Stuart Hannant joined Key and the pair took the score past 50 before Hannant was lbw. Paul Ryan was deceived and bowled to give the home side hope before Steve Utting settled matters with some strong hitting to see the Hares home by six wickets.

The Hares host struggling New Buckenham tomorrow (Saturday).

Hemsby's vital top-of-the-table Division Six clash with Hardingham began with Hudson inserting the home side. Boylan struck early on, yorking Cowles for nought.

Hudson gained a second blow in the fifth over trapping Sparkes lbw. Hardingham were being strangled by the Hemsby opening bowlers. When both had finished their spells Hardingham stood on 56 for five off 24 overs.

Cossey and Taylor continued to choke the home side, 14 runs coming off 12 overs. Rod Taylor finished off the home side with a spell off four for five. Hardingham were all out for 78 off 41 overs.

Hemsby's reply began with an opening partnership of 67 between Tilbrook and Colclough. Colclough hitting a huge straight six. Hemsby were desperate to obtain two batting points and lost two wickets in this process.

Man of the Match was Rod Taylor.

The club is holding a karoke, heroes and villains fancy dress night as a thank you to Hemsby Social Club tomorrow (Saturday, August 8) in the Social Club, all are welcome.

South Walsham had a mixed weekend with a win against a touring side Old Parkonians by one wicket followed by a seven-wicket defeat at Eaton.

Old Parkonians struggled against the Walsham bowlers and soon found themselves at 41 for four. Vicppacapelli and Robins then took the attack to the Walsham bowlers, adding 68 for the fifth wicket when Robins was well caught by Paul Woods for 51.

Vicppacapelli kept the score going with an excellent 74 not out and with Gordon chipping in with 37, the tourists declared early on 234 for seven. Garth Futter, two for 29, and Chris Woods, three for 44, were Walsham's most successful bowlers.

After tea Dave Watkins went off like a train and 50 was soon on the board after eight overs. Whiteside and Chris Woods were then dismissed but excellent contributions from Neil Johnson 29, Keith Denton 50 and Paul Woods 41 kept Walsham up with the run rate.

The tourists tightened things up and came back into the game as Walsham slipped to 216 for nine. Garth Futter with 31 not out hit out while Alex Evans blocked at the other end and the required 20 runs were added for victory with three balls to spare.

Upton White Horse Man of the Match was Garth Futter, excellent with bat and ball.

On Sunday Walsham were put in by Eaton on a slow, low pitch. With most of the Walsham batsmen being attacking in nature they struggled to come to terms with the conditions. Watkins fell for five, trying to hit across the line while Scales (29) and Johnson (14) both fell to attacking shots which did not come off.

Paul Woods (36) and Futter (27) batted well for a while until they also fell in a similar manner. Walsham collapsed from 112 for four to a disappointing 136 all out.

After tea Eaton batted carefully. Kevin Gilbert was the pick of the bowlers picking up the three wickets to fall, taking three for 29 from 13.4 overs, Walsham kept it pretty tight but with no pressure Eaton reached their target after 43 overs.

Upton White Horse MoM was Kevin Gilbert for a brave effort with the ball.