Cromer come away with winning draw

Action from Cromer's game at North Runcton. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Action from Cromer's game at North Runcton. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Cromer made their first away trip of the new season, travelling to face North Runcton and coming away with a winning draw.

Having been put into bat, Cromer's opening pair of Tom Davies and Matthew Warnes found it tough going in the early stages with Runcton bowlers Allsop and Crisp giving very few scoring opportunities. Although the run rate was slow the batting line-up remained unscathed and with this Cromer did up the scoring rate, as the home side introduced new bowlers to their attack.

Davies and Warnes were now putting their side in a good position and at the halfway stage Cromer were 68 with loss.

With wickets in hand they were now in a good position to be more attacking. Both men were scoring at a similar rate and skipper Davies reached his half century. However shortly after Runcton did make a breakthrough when Matthew Warnes was dismissed for 43 off the bowling of Kieser, bringing an end to a partnership of 106.

Bilaal Samsoodien joined Davies, who was the next man to go, having scored a controlled 75.

The Cromer innings was now in its final 10 overs and with eight wickets in hand they were looking to score runs quickly. South African Samsoodien added 27 before with four overs remaining a heavy shower came, forcing the players off the field, and an early tea.

The enforced delay was arguably a disadvantage to the visitors as the batsmen that were in had to come out swinging straight away. As a result wickets fell, Richard Charlwood went for 20 before three more wickets fell quickly as Cromer finished with a competitive 186 for 7 from their 50 overs. Ben Allsop was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-22 from 12 overs.

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The Runcton response suffered an early blow when Anthony Robinson dismissed Kieser. The hosts also took some time to get going and in this case wickets fell as Michael Warnes struck twice. Matthew Warnes then got opener Kerr for 28 and the hosts were 56 for 4 from 24 overs.

A couple more quick wickets would have put Cromer into a great position. However Allsop had other ideas. He took a while to get off the mark but once he did he looked very comfortable and with the support of Lankfer moved his side's score along nicely.

Allsop began to find the boundary more often and moved beyond his half century and in doing so moved Runcton into a match winning position. But with his score on 63 he played a poor shot and was caught off the bowling of Charlwood. This brought an end to a stand of 100.

This left the home side needing 31 from the final six overs with five wickets in hand. In the next over Lankfer fell having made a patient 22 and this seemed to change the approach of Runcton who seemed happy to try and avoid defeat.

A couple more wickets went and as the game entered its final over Runcton needed 10 runs. Despite this very gettable target they didn't go on the attack as might have been expected and the game petered out to a winning draw for the visitors.

Michael Warnes and Robinson both got two wickets apiece as Cromer picked up 13 points as their side responded brilliantly to the opening day defeat and going into this weekend's visit of Lowestoft there are plenty of positives to take from both this game and the Carter Cup success.