Martham win again to move to within three points of leaders Great Melton

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Dereham and Lowestoft. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Dereham and Lowestoft. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Martham closed the gap of Norfolk Alliance Division Three leaders Great Melton to just three points with another win on Saturday.

While Melton were suffering their first defeat of the season against Old Buckenham A Martham were cruising to an eight wicket victory over Swardeston B at the Coronation Ground.

After winning the toss on a glorious afternoon Martham elected to field on what looked like the usual excellent track.

Swardeston batted well throughout, with Lewis Gooderham in particular involved in two 50 plus partnerships for the third and fourth wickets, before falling for a very well compiled 92.

Martham bowled and fielded well in the energy sapping sunshine, Simeon Randell (2-37) and Harry Chinchalani (2-31) helping to restrict Swardeston to a competitive 232-8.

Martham’s reply started on the front foot with Louie Stronach (30) and Joe Oakey (23) putting on 59 for the first wicket before Stronach was caught.

Oakey soon followed, so with the score on 70-2, Jack Whatmough joined Alex Sayer in the middle.

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These two enjoyed another successful partnership, plundering 25 boundaries between them to entertain the crowd with an unbeaten 164 run third wicket partnership.

Sayer finished unbeaten on 76 from 74 balls and Whatmough unbeaten on 90 from 88 balls to give the home team an impressive eight wicket victory with more than seven overs to spare.

Pick of the Swardeston bowlers was Sapumal Heratge who went for just 23 runs from his nine overs.

It was an excellent all-round team performance from Martham, leading up nicely to tomorrow’s short trip to Winterton.

In the top flight Acle got back to winning ways after a miserable run when they beat visitors Horsford A by 78 runs.

They made 204, with Geoff Handley scoring 67 and Craig Press 49, and then skittled the opposition out for 126, with Jas Cheema, Joshn Larner, Joe Flatt and Andrew Spaxman all taking two wickets.

Back in Division Three Acle A lost a tight game at Bungay by seven runs. They were dismissed for 206 chasing 213-6 (Jordan Betts 56, Rob Pirter 49).

On Saturday Acle visit Garboldisham and the seconds host Great Melton.