Cromer look set to finish second after returning to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 06:41 24 August 2017
Cromer look set to finish second in the Premier Diovision of the Norfolk Alliance after winning their penultimate game of the season in emphatic fashion.
Saturday’s seven wicket victoryn over already relegated Sprowston left them 15 points ahead of North Runcton going into this weekend’s match against 2016 champions Brooke at the Norton Warnes Ground (12.30pm).
They turned in a solid performance with bat and ball to get back to winning ways after the consecutive defeats that had ended their title challenge, with victory being secured with over 16 overs to spare.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first Sprowston were made to work hard for their runs by a discplined attack and were eventually dismised for just 142 in the 44th over.
Skipper Sam Hales led the way with 40 while Chris Carey (4-27) and Michael Warnes (3-27) were the most successful bowlers.
Cromer openers Frankie Sutton and Michael Warnes put on 74 for the first wicket before the former went for 37. Rob Purton and Richard Charwood quickly followed for ducks, with no more runs having been added, but any chances of a surprise home win disappeared as Warnes and David Turner saw the game out with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 69.
Warnes finished unbeaten on 51 and Turner on 43.
Cromer will now be looking to end a promising season on a high note by finishing second above North Runcton, who finish their campaign at Fakenham.
Downham Town recorded an emphatic derby win on Saturday to seal the title.
A trip to an in-form Runcton side looked like a potential banana skin for the leaders, even though they only needed a handful of points from the fixture to ensure finishing top.
But they became champions in style as they romped home by 124 runs, making a solid 211-7 before bowling their hosts out for just 87.
Cromer A won their final home game of the season in emphatic style when they saw off Bradenham A by nine wickets.
After restricting the opposition to 176-9 they coasted home with time to spare as Nat Laws made 70 not out, Nick Bond 52 and Alfie Woodrow 40 not out.
Cromer’s seconds head to promoted Hockwold in their final game on Saturday still in with a chance of finishing third in the table.
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