Norfolk League round-up: Family effort helps Overstrand taste success

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Norfolk League Division One leaders Happisburgh chased down 200 to overcome bottom side East Harling, writes Tim Porter.

Carl Allen (70no) and Wayne Catchpole (49no) saw the hosts home after a rapid 45 from Ben Warnes set up the pursuit. Blundeston kept on the leaders' trail with a two-wicket win over Felthorpe, Cameron Collard scoring 49 for the losers. Elsewhere, Tim Oxborough took 3-36 as Caister overcame Cringleford Lodge and Belton thrashed neighbours Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway by nine wickets, Sajid Ali (4-22) and Wayne Goreham (70no) doing the damage. The match between Rollesby and Great Yarmouth was one of only four to fall foul of the afternoon rain.

Division Two leaders Saxlingham kept their slender advantage over Eaton with an eight-wicket win over Sprowston B. Ollie Brown led the way by crashing 110 off 74 balls. David Burcombe had earlier scored 56 for the visitors. Drayton piled up 232 in 40 overs due to Bharath Ramakrishna (50) and Kalpesh Maheshwari (56) while Liam Smith scored 64no for Costessey and Matt Clark took 5-68 in reply.

There were wins for Great Melton B, for whom Tim Hales scored 63, and Neil Clarke grabbed 35 and 3-10, and for Ketteringham Hall – Paul Sprong taking 4-28 as they defended a target of 147. For Bystanders, Sunil Srinsewa scored 54 and Mike Palmer took 4-25.

Division Three leaders Gillingham thrashed earlier co-leaders Winterton A by 165 runs to move clear at the top. Overstrand took advantage of Winterton's misfortune by recording an emphatic 10-wicket crushing of Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers B, as father-and-son duo Tony (52no) and Ben Reedman (65no) saw the visitors home in 22 overs. Old Catton A and Aylsham St Giles also won.

Rackheath are the new Division Three West leaders after a nine-wicket win over Old Buckenham B. Previous leaders Hethersett & Tas Valley B were toppled by Saham Toney A, with Mike Webster taking 4-13 and also scoring 58. Great Melton C won at Hingham, with Steve Clarke hitting 58 and Eusha Fawad taking 5-19, while Tom Butcher also scored 58 for the home side.

At level four, Halvergate lead the way in the East from Acle as both sides won in the only completed games in the division. In the West, Great Ellingham are top just ahead of New Buckenham, Rocklands and Old Catton, who all won.

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Division 5 East saw leaders Beeston demolish Hardingham B as the visitors were skittled for 25, hat-trick hero Aidy Greef (5-3) being the destroyer in chief. Southwold kept up their pursuit as they crushed Diss B by 127 runs, Stefan Clifford hitting 75no and Matty Barbrook (107) registering a maiden century. Brooke B and Horsford C also recorded wins, under-13s player Billy Harvey taking 2-5 for the latter.

In Division Five West, leaders Beetley march on, Michael Calvert spearheading their total with 60 as they comfortably beat North Elmham A. But top score of the day was recorded at Old Buckenham C, as they piled up 352-7 against Dereham B, Jamie Lincoln (107) and Stuart Bolding (91) put on 209 for the first wicket, and Josh Lincoln built on this with 78no. Lee Bartlett then ran through the visitors with 6-22.

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