Cromer CC maintain their position at the top ahead of clash with champions

Matthew Warnes made exactly 100 as Cromer recorded another win in the Premier Division of the Cecil

Matthew Warnes made exactly 100 as Cromer recorded another win in the Premier Division of the Cecil Amey Opticians Norfolk Alliance. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Norfolk Alliance Premier Division leaders Cromer made it six wins in eight games at the weekend when they saw off bottom side Sprowston by 74 runs at the Norton Warnes Ground.

Matthew Warnes made 100 and the in-form David Turner 65 in a total of 269-8 which was too much for the visitors who were bowled out for 195.

The win yielded the maximum 25 points and set up a showdown to savour on Saturday (1pm) at champions Brooke, who are now second after beating Fakenham in a real thriller at Highfield Lawn.

Cromer skipper Michael Warnes won the toss and elected to bat first on a glorious afternoon and although the hosts lost Nat Laws early for just nine they quickly got into their stride.

Fellow opener Matthew Warnes hit 14 fours and a six in his impressive ton and received good support from Rob Purton (20) and Devon Singh-Parhar (25) as the home side built up a good total.

Late impetus was then provided by Turner, the man who hit six sixes in one over the last time the first team played at home.

His latest quick-fire knock included five fours and five sixes and ensured a struggling Sprowston side had a daunting total to chase.

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Sam Hales batted well to make 65 but the target always looked beyond the visitors, with Michael Warnes taking 4-15 and Purton and Chris Carey weighing in with a couple of wickets as the end came in the 44th over.

Saturday's opponents Brooke were certainly made to battle for their latest win.

Fakenham made 246-9, with youngster Harry Bammant batting from start to finish for 116, while Brooke edged home off the final ball of the 47th over with last pair John Habershon and Sam Hardesty at the crease (Gary Chirimuuta 52, Sam Clabburn 50, Matt Collinge 45, Steve Earl 4-42).

Addam Todd scored 156 for third placed Downham as they made 323-8 before bowling out North Runcton for 172.

Meanwhile there was an eye-catching innings from Chris Budd as Cromer A recorded an emphatic nine-wicket win over Bradenham A in Division Five.

After bowling the hosts out for just 150, Cromer got home in 20th over, with the wicket-keeper batsman blasting 105 not out from No 3 while opener Andrew Robinson finished on 31.

Cromer A are at home to Hockwold on Saturday.