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Norfolk Cricket League round-up: Saxlingham have one hand on Division One title after Saints victory

PUBLISHED: 16:48 14 August 2017

Jordan Taylor batting for Swardeston, with airborne bowler  Sean McCabe for Norwich in the Carter Cup cricket final. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jordan Taylor batting for Swardeston, with airborne bowler Sean McCabe for Norwich in the Carter Cup cricket final. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2016

Saxlingham are 23 points clear at the head of Division One of the Norfolk Cricket League with two games to go after beating St Andrews.

Sandringham moved into second place thanks to Joe Peveritt (52) and Callum Lee (58) after beating Happisburgh, who have been demoted, just 12 months after having their Alliance Division Six promotion controversially overturned.

Castle Acre join Happisburgh in Level two after being shot out for 69 by Kirkley & Belton, all 10 wickets unusually being bowled. Great Yarmouth look set to join them, despite upsetting Castle Rising and ending their title hopes, Simon Ruddick (63) and Mark Thompson (53) leading the run chase, while Overstrand’s long unbeaten home record continued as they beat Felthorpe.

Level Two leaders Narborough and Caister have confirmed their promotions, Narborough overcoming East Harling, while Caister squeezed past Gillingham in a low scoring encounter. Southwold, Aylsham St Giles, Reepham & Salle and Garboldisham B are all scrapping it out for the final promotion spot, Jakir Hussain grabbing 5-18 as Aylsham beat Southwold. At the other end of the tables, winless Holt and Blundeston & Somerleyton drop to Level Three, Tim Woods crashing 102 for Drayton as they beat Holt.

Rollesby return to Level Two at the first time of asking thanks to Matt Duxbury’s 90no, as they sealed promotion from East with a comfortable win at Acle B, while Kirkley & Belton &and Ketteringham Hall are jostling to join them.

Mellis head Central, while Wensum beat Malayalees in a close encounter to be favourites to step up.

Saham Toney and Beeston are favourites to move up from the West, Matt White picking up 4-2 in Beeston’s win, while Southwold A, Bircham A and Lowestoft B will all be playing Level Four cricket in 2018.

Coltishall and Martham sealed their promotions from 4NE with easy wins, while Hockwold from 4NW have joined them. Mallards and Bungay from 4SE are in pole position to step up, as are Old Buckenham and Swanton Morley from 4SW. Performance of the day was Simon Carding for Colney as he took 9-14 to single-handedly destroy Blundeston A.

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