Losses all round leaves 1sts and 4ths wrestling with the maths

Match summaries for Saturday 23 August

The 1sts travelled to East Norfolk to face Acle who were placed fourth in the league and in with a chance of promotion – so Danny Cash and his side knew that they’d have a tough fight on their hands. Garby batted first but could only manage to accumulate 167 before they found themselves bowled out, and in reply, the hungry Acle team chased down the total for the loss of just 3 wickets. Garboldisham’s 31 point lead at the top of the table at the start of the day was slashed to just 12 between them and second placed North Runcton (who won their game at Horsford). But despite the loss, and even if the 1sts lose next week in their final game against Horsford, it looks as though they’ll still gain promotion to the Premier League – which is fantastic news – but any celebrations won’t start until next week when it’s in black and white and the last games of the season are played out which will mark the difference between first, second and… third places…

The 2nds were at home to Stow A who batted first and clocked up 256. Garby struggled to get close and were bowled out for 142.

The 3rds were also playing at home but lost out to Gt Melton B who batted first and scored 193 for 8. Garby came close in their chase but were bowled out 20 runs short on 174. This result leaves the 3rds placed fifth in the table ahead of their final game next week away to Saxlingham.

The 4ths, fighting for survival in Div 4 West of the NCL, travelled to Gt Ellingham. Garboldisham batted first but were bowled out for 145 and despite fighting back hard and taking 7 Ellingham wickets, the hosts chased Garby’s total down. With one game left to play next week against New Buckenham, the 4ths would appear to have an extreme outside chance of avoiding relegation…