Cromer CC gearing up for promotion showdown
Promotion chasing Cromer CC suffered another surprise defeat on Saturday – but the destination of the Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Division One title is still very much in their own hands.
The Crabs followed up a surprise defeat at Dereham by losing at home to lowly Norwich A at the weekend, and are now a point behind leaders Swardeston A, whose game with fellow high-flyers Horsford A was cut short by the weather.
The good news from Cromer's point of view is that Swardeston have now finished their fixtures – which means Saturday's game at Horsford A at Manor Park is a title shoot-out, with the visitors having a three point advantage going into the fixture. There will be absolutely no room for error, with only one team going up.
Norwich A picked up maximum points against the title hopefuls at the Norton Warnes Ground but it was not enough to prevent them from joining Bradenham in Division Two next year.
Chris Binnie hit 87 in a big total for Norwich of 245 for 8, before Siyas Syath destroyed Cromer with figures of six for 33. Kristian Regis (five for 41) had been Cromer's most successful bowler and Richard Charlwood hit 55 as they lost by 85 runs, being dismissed for 160.
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Swardeston A's chances of claiming the title were scuppered by the rain as their match at home to Horsford A was abandoned. A sizeable Swardeston total saw notable contributions from Jason Reynolds (66) and Jordan Taylor (55). Horsford A were more than 100 runs adrift with six wickets down and 11 overs remaining when rain stopped play.
Elsewhere Bradfield ended a mixed season with a rain-wrecked draw against Bradenham, with seven points confirming a fifth placed finish.
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Bradenham were left to curse the weather yet again as their eighth abandoned match of the season condemned them to relegation .
Saturday's match at Bradfield was called off with the hosts on 163 for six (Dave Yarham 94), leaving Bradenham 14 points behind third from bottom Topcroft, who also saw their game at Mattishall rained off.
Cromer A's poor season in Division Four ended on a real low note when they were forced to concede their second successive away match. The Crabs were unable to raise a side for the trip to Mundford and were deducted 10 points as a result to finish 30 points adrift at the bottom of the table.
In Division Five Aldborough could celebrate a great escape after avoiding the drop.
The side below them, Bradenham A, needed a win to finish above the North Norfolk side, who completed their fixtures with an excellent victory the previous weekend.
The weather ensured Bradenham only picked up six points – and with just one team going down this season Aldborough could celebrate. Joining them in Division Five next season will be Bradfield A (see report on Page 54).
There was only one match completed in Division Two of the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League, as Happisburgh won by seven wickets at Overstrand. Richard Mash took five for 39 for Happisburgh, who went on to complete a comfortable win as Richard Huckle made 56.