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Snettisham seal Division One title with a month to spare

Date Published: 30 July 2016

 Week 14 of a hit and miss season and the first title has now been decided. Snettisham, unbeaten thus

far this season, continued in the same vein beating Felthope, have now amassed enough points to be
crowned Division 1 Champions, can they keep up their efforts and remain unbeaten, only time will tell.
Well done to them. With relegation and runners up spots still to be sorted out, this was not the week for
weather to intervene, however both Cringleford Lodge and Blundeston must be cursing as their games
both succumbed to the heavy downpours in the east of the county. Elsewhere Sandringham had a
decent win at Denver to keep their runners up hopes alive and Saxlingham did themselves a favour
thanks in the main to 4-16 for Joe Lewis as they beat Kirkley and Belton.
In 2 West it looks like being a 3 horse race for the title, Castle Rising currently have it with a potential 5
point lead over nearest rivals Castle Acre after they had a good win over Northwold. Garboldisham B
keep up the pressure following their victory over Reepham and Salle, Phil Carr top scoring with 69no,
Eddie Thorne making 50. Gooderstone won the relegation battle in a low scoring game against North
Elmham, Ben Wilkinson taking 3-15 and Owen Chandler 3-16. In 2 East Overstrand have at least a game
in hand points wise over their nearsest rivals following their defeat of Great Melton B. However the 2 nd
promotion spot is still in the melting pot with both Drayton (Suresh Chintada 4-7, Tim Woods 47no, Phil
Wright 49no) and St Andrews (Ryan Finney 76) winning. Ketteringham Hall helped their relegation battle
with a good win against Sprowston B (Craig Birlsham 85, Ollie Charlish 51 and Tim Petzold 5-10 starring).
In 3 West Narborough are nearly home and dry as potential champions, following another good win, this
time at Swanton Morley’s expense, to keep them with a battle on their hands to avoid relegation.
Beetley and Holt are both contesting the runners up spot. Beetley’s cause not helped by defeat at
Beeston where Adie Greef took 5-28, and Howard Bailey and Adrian Parke made 50 and 70no
respectively. There were no such problems for Holt as they beat Dersingham A. Sandringham A had a
good win at home to Bircham A, Bircham’s Tony Wright making 50no and taking 4-35, Sandringham’s
Wesley Hudson 59, Kings Lynn Hospitals relegation is confirmed after a very difficult season to date. 3
Central’s current leader’s Gt Ellingham overcame their nearest rivals Reepham and Salle A, Adrian
Cooper making 156 and Carl Oxborough taking 5-40. This allowed Felthorpe A to move up to 2 nd after a
very convincing win at Rackheath. The current top 2 meet next week. Heathersett and Tas Valley B had a
good win against New Buckenham with Tom Street leading the way with 157no, New Buckenham’s
George Halfacree making 57. Wensum remain in the hunt after victory against Old Buckenham B,
Stephen Horner top scoring with 62no. In 3 East Mike Hendry made 206no against Halvergate for Acle B,
somewhat eclipsing Lee Mcmahon’s 56*, their bowling was also impressive, Dave Jones taking 4-4,
supported by Kevin Gilbert with 4-22. Leaders Southwold suffered a rare defeat at Frettenham. At the
bottom, Winterton had a good win to help them, against Coltishall and Bungay A struggled again, this
time against Kirkley and Belton A.
Horsford C now have daylight between them and their nearest rivals in 4 North East, Ollie Inwards 58no
seeing them home against Overstrand A. Norwich Malayalees keep up some degree of pressure, this
time at Colney’s expense, Robin Sebastian making 107no. Sprowston C are not out of it, this time
beating Aldborough, thanks to 52no from Adrian Pope, Albborough’s Matt Skinner making 63. In 4 North
West Thornham find themselves well clear following another good win, Chris Burgess, Stephen Lucas
and Will Dodds making 114no, 86 and 51 respectively, backed up by 5-22 for Chris Williamson, against
Castle Rising A. Mundford A’s Alex Bailey took 4-0 off 4 overs in their win against Denver A. Snettisham A
remain very much in the hunt for the title with games in hand, after a good win against Gooderstone A,
Mike Herbert with 103no, Connor Grief 53 and Lewis Herbert 5-9 starring. 4 South East is a tight affair,
made more interesting by the intervention of the weather this weekend, Gt Yarmouth A (Paul Kitchen
58, Kieron Spencer (Martham) 4-30) and Winterton B both getting games in and winning to help their
causes. In 4 South West Hingham now look favourites to take the title, after their home win over
Garboldisham C. Gt Melton C (Chris Wright 59) keep up the pressure on Mellis for the runners up spot
after beating Beeston A (Tom Wight 52 and 2-24). Hardingham B (Dave Probert 94, Tim Eccleston 52 and
Stan Fowle 6-9) beat Dereham B to ease further away from the bottom spot.
Safe Hands
Norfolk Cricket Board