Downham on brink of record fourth title

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 July 2010 | UPDATED: 21:58 01 August 2010

Phil Banyard

Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Divisions Premier, One and Two: Downham could potentially land a record-breaking fourth successive Premier Division title next week after their four-wicket win at Brooke put them 92 points clear.

Phil Banyard

Downham could potentially land a record-breaking fourth successive Premier Division title next week after their four-wicket win at Brooke put them 92 points clear.

If Duncan Lanchester's side can increase that advantage by nine points next Saturday, it would wrap up yet another title with four games left to play. No team has previously won the Premier Division crown four years in a row.

Saturday's win came after Brooke had set a stiff target of 261, with home skipper Rob Panter (85) and Ali Shearer (76) both hitting half-centuries. Downham's Addam Todd claimed four for 56.

Downham were in difficulty at 37 for three, but New Zealander Jarred Cunningham (96) and Lanchester (46) steered them towards victory, which was completed with an over to spare.

North Runcton moved above Vauxhall Mallards A into second spot after an eight-wicket home success against the Brundall club, with Christian Jonker hitting 104no.

Diss racked up a big score at Cromer, but it was only good enough for a winning draw.

Henry Rush (73) and Simon Cooper (52) both prospered for the visitors, while Cromer's Michael Warnes claimed four for 88. Home skipper Tom Davies (103) responded with a century and although Chris Germon took five for 45, Diss could not force the win.

Lowestoft jumped up to third with a 68-run defeat of Old Buckenham.

Tom Brice hit 60 for Lowestoft and they comfortably defended their total as Peter Sims (four for 30) and Marcus Bishop (four for 12) bowled Bucks out.

Acle remain in the bottom two after their five-wicket defeat at Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.

Hugo Nel made 58no for Acle, but an innings of 72 from Wanderers' Ali Ponder proved decisive.

In Division One, Sheringham eased clear of the relegation zone with a 10-wicket mauling of Bradfield.

There were three wickets each for Sheringham skipper Jez Wright and James McAdam as Bradfield failed to reach three figures, before Dexter Smith (44no) and David King (39no) completed a straightforward victory.

Hales are still in contention for a fifth successive promotion after Robin Anderson (52) helped them beat Beccles by 48 runs.

Stow remain third after their seven-wicket triumph against Topcroft, who drop to bottom.

Rob Thurley (54) helped Bradenham secure a 90pc draw at home to Norwich A, who had a half-century from Mark Tipping (67).

Downham A dropped out of the Division Two promotion places following their 64-run defeat at home to Dereham.

Jonathan Crisp struck 49 and Duncan Hewitt took four for 57 as Dereham collected maximum points.

Mattishall remain on course for a quick return to Division One after a powerful batting display saw them to an eight-wicket win at Garboldisham.

Danny Cash hit 55 for Garboldisham, with Ben Bourke taking five for 56, but the 200-plus target proved no problem for Mattishall as Jay Eastoe-Smith (88) and Neil Lockwood (75no) saw them to a comfortable victory.

Saxlingham's 72-run win against Saham Toney put them into the top two, Dave Adams taking four for 38.

Paul Dunger made 53 as Fakenham A collected a 90pc losing draw at home to Hillington, who had a century from Anthony Dobing (124).

North Runcton collected maximum points at relegation rivals Swardeston A. Greg Marks (119no) and Peter Coote (70) put Runcton in charge, before Mark Bunting and Ben Coote each took three wickets to seal a

131-run win.

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