Cromer looking to bounce back

Cromer lost to visitors Lowestoft by 146 runs and will be looking to bounce back this Saturday when they travel to West Norfolk to take on reigning champions Downham.

The Crabs had been looking to build on what had been an excellent start to the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division season, while Lowestoft had had a mixed start to their campaign.

After a heavy shower prior to the start, a full, uninterrupted game took place. Cromer captain Kieran Tuck won the toss and put the visitors in.

Lowestoft openers Storey and McAvoy got off to an excellent start with a partnership of 90 from just 19 overs. McAvoy was the man to go caught Tuck off Carius for 41.

This brought overseas professional Sekhoto to the crease and he maintained the quick scoring dealing in mainly boundaries as he quickly made his way to 43 before being dismissed off the bowling of Kevin Neale.

At the other end Storey was going along nicely and had moved beyond his half-century. Garrod had a brief stay in the middle and with 18 overs left Lowestoft were 154-3.

Tom Brice joined opener Storey and the pair took their team towards an impressive total. Brice quickly made his 50 before Tom Davies ran him out, but he and Storey had put on 109 for the fourth wicket.

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Storey soon followed back to the pavilion but not before he had made it to three figures, as he had helped his side to an excellent score of 284-6 from their 50 overs.

Kevin Neale was the pick of the Cromer bowlers, taking 3-61 whilst Max Carius grabbed two wickets.

The hosts made a disastrous start in reply with the Brice brothers doing the damage with the ball and after just 3.4 overs Cromer were struggling on 12-4, and any chance of chasing down the big target was now going to be very difficult.

There would be some resilience from the lower order.

The Neale twins had a stand of 44 which halted the collapse but the both fell with the score on 80, Gavin (31) and Kevin (18).

The partnership of Brown and Regis were the last to look like batting out for an unlikely losing draw but it wasn't to be as Kristian Regis fell for 19 to a controversial 'caught behind' decision. Craske was the final man to go very soon after as Cromer was all out for 138. Colin Brown was unbeaten on 23.

Tom Brice finished with figures of 3-27 whilst brother Billy and Horton took two wickets each.

Lowestoft: K Storey b Neale 100, J McAvoy c Tuck b Carius 41, M Sekhoto c Neale b Neale 43, N Garrod b Neale 2, T Brice run out Davies 50, D Fletcher not out 17, B Brice c Regis b Carius 2, P Sims not out 0; extras 29. Total (50 overs) 284-6. Bowling: A Robinson 7-0-42-0, J Craske 8-1-51-0, M Carius 11-0-62-2, C Brown 13-1-58-0, K Neale 11-1-61-3.

Cromer: T Davies c-b Brice 4, O Kimber b Brice 1, M Carius b Brice 4, R Charlwood b Brice 1, K Tuck b Brice 10, G Neale lbw Sims 31, K Neale lbw Reid 18, C Brown not out 23, A Robinson c Fletcher b Horton 2, K Regis c Garrod b Horton 19, J Craske run out 4; extras 21. Total (41.2 overs) 138.

Bowling: T Brice 7-1-27-3, B Brice 9-2-24-2, P Sims 9-2-23-1, M Reid 7-2-27-1, R Horton 5-0-22-2, K Jones 4-1-9-0, M Sekhoto 0.2-0-0-0.