Cromer back on top of Norfolk Alliance Premier Division after 60-run win

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's match against Beccles in Division Two of

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's match against Beccles in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.. Picture : Antony Kelly - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Cromer moved back to the top of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division on Saturday after beating Fakenham by 60 runs.

After slipping to 41-3 at Highfield Lawn the visitors were indebted to a fourth wicket stand of 168 between Richard Charlwood (87) and David Turner (81).

The pair each hit six fours and three sixes in entertaining knocks that enabled their side to post a testing target of 254-6.

Once they were dismissed a bright and breezy unbeaten 32 off just 17 deliveries from Simon Chipperfield helped the visitors get above 250.

Fakenham started their reply in impressive fashion, with openers Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (53) and Lloyd Marshall (41) putting on 101 for the first wicket, but once they were parted the wickets started to tumble at regular intervals.

Kristian Regis was destroyer-in-chief with superb figures of 8-0-35-6 as Fakenham were bowled out for 194 in the 48th over.

Cromer's 25 point haul was enough to take them to the top after morning leaders Old Buckenham were brushed aside by title rivals Downham.

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The Bucks were skittled out for just 99 in the 36th over, with Harrison Gregory leading the way with figures of 3-25.

It was a completely different story when the hosts came out to bat, with openers Ian Harrison (58 not out) and Alex Stuart (31 not out) seeing their side home with the minimum of fuss.

Cromer are now a point ahead of Downham at the top, with North Runcton third a further 18 points further back and Old Buckenham a point behind them in fourth.

Cromer's next match is at the home of Norfolk cricket, with a fixture against an in-form Horsford A outfit coming up at Manor Park on Saturday (1pm start).

Cromer A made it an excellent weekend for the club when they beat Great Melton A by five wickets at the Norton Warnes Ground in Division Five.

The visitors were restricted to 175-6 in their 45 overs, with Cameron Graveling taking 3-32.

Nat Laws (54) and Darren Payne (48 not out) then starred with the bat as the home side got home in the 41st over.

The victory took Cromer's seconds up to fourth in the table ahead of Saturday's home fixture against Mattishall A, although Snettisham and Hockwold appear to be running away with it at the top.