Cromer buoyed by beating leaders

AFter beating morning league leaders Diss in the Alliance Premier by 54 runs, Cromer will be full of confidence as they host Lowestoft this Saturday (1pm).

Cromer completed their second successive league victory, curiously by the same margin as the previous week against Stow, over morning league leaders Diss.

The victory was built around solid contributions all through the team.

Having made the long trip south down the dreaded A140, skipper Tuck lost the toss and Cromer were put in to bat.

It was ultimately to prove a good toss to lose.

Despite losing Tom Davies early, Cromer's batsmen looked to be positive against the Diss attack. Spin was introduced early, but Ollie Kimber was once again in fine form, caressing the ball to the boundary with regularity.

Max Carius was also finding his feet, until a rush of blood lead to him holing out at mid-on. Kimber quickly followed for a good-looking 41, leaving the Crabs wobbling on 73-3.

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Kieron Tuck and Richard Charlwood steadied the ship, with Charlwood playing the dominant role, getting his season firmly under way with an excellent 50, with quality cover driving.

Tuck was also finding his feet, making a steady 36 before falling to R Tooke. The pair had added 95 valuable runs and set up the late charge for the lower order on a pitch already showing considerable signs of wear. Some lusty blows by Kevin Neale and Anthony Robinson saw Cromer to a very respectable 216-7. R Tooke bowled well to finish with 5-41.

The Cromer bowlers were determined to put Diss under immediate pressure and Robinson and James Craske did not disappoint, with their opening salvo reducing Diss to 15-3. Diss' best player, Rob Tooke looked in fine form and he and S Cooper rallied until Kevin Neale lured Cooper into a false shot, to be caught at cover. A further flurry of wickets saw Diss fall to 100-6, with Carius and Neale bowling well in tandem.

Diss, however, are always a tough nut to crack, and the injured David Tooke was looking to hit boundaries.

The Diss innings was once again recovering until J Craske induced a poor shot and Tuck took the steepler to remove the last Diss danger man. Robinson and Craske then mopped up the tail to leave Cromer with a thoroughly-deserved win.

Craske finished on 3-28 from an excellent day's work, and Robinson 3-21. There were also five catches for Ollie Kimber behind the stumps.

Cromer: T Davies c D Tooke b Germon 8, O Kimber c-b R Tooke 41, M Carius c Spinks b R Tooke 16, R Charlwood st Weal b R Tooke 56, K Tuck c-b R Tooke 36, G Neale c D Tooke b R Tooke 12, K Neale run out 20, K Regis not out 4, A Robinson not out 9; extras 14. Total (7 wkts) 216. Bowling: C Germon 9-3-31-1, S Shepherd 4-1-26-0, R Tooke 13-1-45-5, C Cooper 10-2-40-1, M Williamson 7-0-31-0, S Cooper 7-1-40-0.

Diss: J Wilby c Kimber b Robinson 0, B Spinks b Robinson 3, S Cooper c Tuck b K Neale 26, C Cooper c Carius b J Craske 0, R Tooke c Kimber b Carius 46, W Dawson c J Craske b K Neale 8, D Tooke c Tuck b J Craske 30, M Williamson c Kimber b Carius 25, S Shepherd c Kimber b Robinson 0, T Weal c Kimber b J Craske 3, C Germon not out 0; extras 21. Total 162. Bowling: A Robinson 8-2-21-3, J Craske 12.5-2-28-3, K Regis 2-0-23-0, M Carius 12-1-43-2, K Neale 9-3-46-2.