Cricket week at Cromer
The first Sunday of the annual Cromer Cricket Week saw the meeting between a Cromer side and a select team representing the president of the club. The President's XI was made up of players from various leagues and came from across the county, including three overseas professionals.
The first Sunday of the annual Cromer Cricket Week saw the meeting between a Cromer side and a select team representing the president of the club.
The President's XI was made up of players from various leagues and came from across the county, including three overseas professionals.
The President's team batted first but lost the top three batsmen cheaply. But this allowed Brooke pro Vinay Parikh and Wanderers' overseas Lindon Brown to come to the middle early in the innings. Parikh made a rapid start and was scoring runs off almost every delivery he faced. He reached his half-century off just 30 balls. Twenty deliveries later he made it to 100.
Parikh was finally dismissed by James Craske for 123. He made this from just 60 balls, including 16 fours and eight sixes.
Brown had patiently made his way to 24 when Parikh was dismissed, but after that wicket Brown continued where Parikh left off.
Brown made his 50 off 55 balls. He wasted no time getting to his 100, making his second 50 in 23 deliveries. Nigel Young (27) and Dean Elliott (29) also made useful scores and after the loss of the seventh wicket the President's captain Chris Carey called an end to the innings in the 43rd over with the score on a massive 322.
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The wickets were shared amongst the Cromer bowlers with Richard Charlwood the only bowler to strike twice, taking 2-35.
Arendse and Charlwood went early in the Cromer reply, both off the bowling of Billy Payne. Kristian Regis and Jez Wright had a good partnership of 55 for the third wicket before Regis was bowled. Wright was dismissed six overs later on 49.
Liam Davies scored 32 from 39 balls but when he was stumped off Mathew Warnes' bowling Cromer were 126-6, still a long way short of their target. Captain Tom Davies showed resistance making an excellent 65 from 62 balls.
There was still batting to come but Cromer would fall 78 runs short despite 24 from Colin Brown and Michael Warns 17 not out. Cromer were all out for 244. Billy Payne was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-44.
Matthew Warnes and Dean Elliott also took two wickets each.
Other Cricket Week results
Monday: Cromer 265-5 beat Huncote 181-7 by 86 runs in a 45 over match. T Davies 62, Wright 58, Brown 51 and J Craske 68 and 3-10.
Tuesday: A Chris Sutton XI 176-8 beat Cromer 174-5 by two wickets in a 25 over game. Arendse 86 and T Davies 42.
Wednesday: Dean Elliott captained a side against Cromer in a 50-over match in memory of Tony Lawes. Cromer scored 243-8, Arendse 133 not out. But Elliott's side reached their target with four overs to spare. A fittingly fantastic game of cricket.
Thursday: St Margaretsbury 279-4 beat Cromer 169-9 by 110 runs in a 40-over contest. Charlwood made 66 and took 2-8. Arendse 45 not out.