Cromer CC celebrate new deal with Grove by going 21 points clear at top

Celebrating the renewal of Cromer CC's sponsorship deal with The Grove are (l-r) club president Mark

Celebrating the renewal of Cromer CC's sponsorship deal with The Grove are (l-r) club president Mark Blundell, first team captain Michael Warnes and Richard Graveling of The Grov. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

There was an early finish at the Norton Warnes Ground as Cromer beat Horsford A by eight wickets to move 21 points clear at the top of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.

Cromer produced a devastating bowling performance to dismiss their visitors for just 72, and then proceeded to knock the runs off in double quick time to register their third victory of the season.

They will now be looking to keep up the good work when they travel to fourth placed Old Buckenham on Saturday.

The home bowlers wasted no time making an impact at the weekend after the opposition had been asked to bat first. Only two Horsford batsmen reached double figures in a paltry total as Michael Warnes, Devon Singh-Parhar, Rob Purton and Chris Carey all took two wickets.

With some dark clouds around the onus was then on Cromer to wrap things up quickly and that's exactly what they did, with the end coming in the 12th over.

The hosts lost last week's hero Frankie Sutton early on, trapped leg before for a single, but a quick-fire partnership of 62 for the second wicket between David Turner and Purton (19) settled the issue, with Turner still there at the end on 36.

A century from Nat Laws wasn't enough as Cromer A lost six wickets at Mattishall A in Division Five. Laws' 102 helped the seconds get up to 214-7 in their 45 overs but Mattishall overhauled them as Ryan Hawkins (103) also passed three figures.

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Cromer A are at home to Old Catton on Saturday.

Meanwhile the club have signed another two-year deal with town hotel The Grove.

'I am delighted that the best hotel in the area has decided to continue as our main sponsor for the next two years,' said president Mark Blundell. 'Sponsorship is the lifeline that enables cricket clubs to continue to serve the community and we are thrilled that our friends at the Grove see this as a mutually beneficial arrangement.'

Richard Graveling, one of the family who have owned the Grove for the past 80 years, added: 'We're very pleased to renew our sponsorship. The club is a big part of the community, and I know they have big plans for developing future generations of cricketers. My grandfather was a big supporter and my father, myself and now my son have all played for Cromer at some point so we are very happy to support them.'