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Bucks shoot themselves in the foot

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2010 | UPDATED: 21:56 01 August 2010

Phil Banyard

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Division Premier, One and Two: Old Buckenham folded in suicidal fashion as Acle won the crucial battle of the Premier Division's bottom two by 14 runs.

Hugo Nel hit an unbeaten 58 after visitors Acle had been invited to bat, with three wickets each for Rob Austin and Phil King.

Phil Banyard

Old Buckenham folded in suicidal fashion as Acle won the crucial battle of the Premier Division's bottom two by 14 runs.

Hugo Nel hit an unbeaten 58 after visitors Acle had been invited to bat, with three wickets each for Rob Austin and Phil King.

Bucks looked well-placed to record their first win of the season as they reached 131 for two in pursuit of a target of 205. But when the third wicket stand of 120 between Ian Harrison (63) and Simon Mathewson was broken, it all started to go wrong for Bucks. They stuttered to 187 for seven, before a remarkable sequence of three run-outs saw them dismissed for 190 with three balls remaining, with Mathewson stranded on 76no.

That allowed Acle to close the gap on Brooke to three points, after Brooke's losing draw at home to Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.

Pite van Biljon made 58 and Ali Ponder scored 53 for Wanderers, with Brooke's Rahul Dewan taking four for 46.

Dewan then fired 66 from 65 balls, but Brooke had to hang on with nine wickets down, Scott Hayes taking three for 39.

At the other end of the table it was business as usual for champions Downham as they beat Cromer by three wickets.

David Turner made 62 for Cromer and although Downham were made to work hard, they won with 7.1 overs to spare.

Their lead at the top now stand at 95 points after second-placed Vauxhall Mallards A lost at home to Lowestoft by eight wickets.

Matthew Reid took four for 47 for the visitors before the prolific Mpho Sekhoto fired 81no to steer his side to victory.

North Runcton replaced Diss in third place after an eight-wicket win at the south Norfolk club, Christian Jonker making 73no.

In Division One, Hales skipper Steve Rowe rolled back the years to help his side beat Bradenham by three wickets, the former Norfolk player claiming seven for 30.

Third-placed Stow defied leaders Sprowston to claim a 90pc losing draw.

Sprowston batted first and after slumping to 30 for four, Sam Hales (44) and Will Hampson (41) dug them out of trouble.

Will Denny made 45 in the Stow reply, but they were teetering on the brink at 133 for nine before a last wicket stand of 66 salvaged a draw, with Robert Landymore finishing on 51no. There were three wickets each for Sprowston's Andy Hanby and Geoff Roff.

Beccles moved out of the bottom two with a tense one-wicket win at home to promotion challengers Swardeston A.

Saphie Herathge (48), Jordan Taylor (55) and Chris Gardiner (53no) were in the runs for Swardeston, despite Dave George's four for 47.

Rob Porter hit 89 for Beccles but was the ninth man out with seven still needed, before the last wicket pair saw the hosts to victory.

Simon Jessop (90) and Mark Tipping (73) guided Norwich A to a seven-wicket win as the runs flowed again at Bradfield.

Sam Kimber (95) and David Register (55) had helped the hosts set a commanding total, with Matt Stacey picking up six for 48.

Sheringham won by 22 runs at Topcroft.

Division Two leaders extended their advantage to 60 points with a three-wicket derby win at Dereham, Australian paceman Ben Bourke taking four for 21.

Second-placed Downham A could only manage a losing draw at Hillington after Sean Fisher (52) and Karl Barber (78) put the hosts in charge. Dave Grady's 55no ensured Downham held on.

Mark Bunting's 106no helped seal North Runcton A's first win of the season as they beat Fakenham A by two wickets.

Ben Smart took four for 21 in Saham Toney's five-wicket triumph over Swardeston B, Jon Olpin making 98 for Swardeston.

Saxlingham crushed Garboldisham by 158 runs, with key performances from Will Burnell (100), Anthony Pearson (76) and Barry Cudden (four for 52).

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