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Lowestoft CC claim emphatic win to confirm Norfolk Alliance Division One status

PUBLISHED: 07:31 18 August 2017

Action from the EAPL match between Swardeston (batting) and Great Witchingham (Jordan Taylor and Joe Gatting batting). 
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the EAPL match between Swardeston (batting) and Great Witchingham (Jordan Taylor and Joe Gatting batting). Picture: Nick Butcher

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Lowestoft Town secured their Norfolk Alliance Division One status in some style at the weekend.

They travelled to Ingham to take on Norwich A under some pressure, with the hosts knowing a win would take them out of the bottom two at their opponents’ expense.

But Town rose to the challenge in impressive fashion, bowling Norwich out for just 124 before romping home by eight wickets with more than 20 overs in hand.

After being put into bat, the home side struggled from the word go, with only former Norfolk allrounder Chris Borrett (48) making a decent score.

Tom Brice (3-21), Will Brice (3-26) and Alex Haverson (2-33) did the damage as Norwich were bowled out in the 38th over.

Lowestoft chased down the runs required with few alarms, Nathan Garrod making 32 and Tom Brice (34 not out) and Craig Guy (15 not out) seeing it out.

The win left a resurgent Lowestoft side 27 points ahead of Norwich seconds, who have just one game left to play, with Mattishall well adrift at the bottom.

Brice’s team play their penultimate match on Saturday when they welcome promotion-chasing Dereham to The Denes Oval (12.30pm).

Lowestoft A lost an exciting Division Five match at Cromer A by six runs. Chasing 231-7 they looked on course for victory when Peter Sims (88) and Henry George (72) were well set - but when they went the rot set in and the visitors finished on 225-9.

Lowestoft’s seconds visit Mattishall A tomorrow.

The champagne is on ice for Downham Town in the Premier Division - but they can’t afford to start celebrating just yet.

Town are 44 points clear at the top with just two matches left to play following an impressive five-wicket win over Brooke, the side they look likely to replace as champions.

With only 50 points available it would normally be all over bar the shouting, but the leaders’ next game is away to nearest challengers North Runcton, who know an emphatic derby win would at least take the title race to the final day.

Downham restricted their visitors to 191-9 on Saturday, with Rob Panter making 59, before knocking off the runs required with a degree of comfort thanks to Ian Harrison’s 63 and an unbeaten 46 from skipper Patrick Yates.

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