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Diss need favour if they are to clinch promotion to Norfolk Alliance top flight

PUBLISHED: 18:49 22 August 2017

Great Witchingham skipper Sam Arthurton in full flow during Saturday's EAPL clash with Burwell. Picture: Tim Ferley

Great Witchingham skipper Sam Arthurton in full flow during Saturday's EAPL clash with Burwell. Picture: Tim Ferley

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Diss will need a slip-up from one of their rivals if they are to clinch an immediate return to the top flight of the Norfolk Alliance.

They sat out the penultimate weekend, having squeezed an extra fixture in earlier in the season, and lost top spot as Swardeston A and Stow both won their games in hand.

Diss dropped down to third in the table as a result and will only go up now if they win their final game at home to Lowestoft Town on Saturday (12.30pm) and one of the teams above them loses,

Swardeston A took a giant step towards promotion when they cruised past relegated Mattishall to move to the top of the table.

The hosts won by nine wickets after skittling out the visitors for just 63, with Sam Thelwell and George Walker both taking three wickets.

With Dereham losing at Lowestoft by 21 runs Stow are now second after maintaining their superb run by brushing aside Bradfield.

They knocked off the 184 required in 33 overs for the loss of just one wicket (Keith Thompson 83, Will Denny 79 not out).

Swardeston lead the way on 322 points, followed by Stow (314), Diss (309) and Dereham (305). Swardeston visit Dereham for their final match on Saturday while Stow travel to Vauxhall Malllards A.

In the Premier Division Old Buckenham went down by 16 runs to Garboldisham in a tense local derby.

Relegation threatened Garboldisham only made 149 but with Alex Hogg (4-10) and Kieran Pask (3-5) turning the screw they were dismissed for 133.

The Bucks round off their campaign at home to relegated Sprowston on Saturday.

Stradbroke lost to Tivetshall by three wickets, with Matt Wise observing: “A close game is a good game”.

He did more than most to make it close when as his side found themselves chasing 212-7.

Wise made 60, sharing a stand of 87 with Josh Franklin-Mann (37). Randall (4-39) appeared to have scuppered plans of victory until Wise returned as a runner for the injured Richard Pierce-Saunderson, joining David Allum.

The pair added 53 (Allum 32) and Pierce-Saunderson continued on his merry way, hitting to all parts on his way to 39 not out. But with four required off the last ball, a diving stop in the outfield yielded just two and led to an agonising one run defeat.

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