Cromer on trophy trail

WITH the wet weather cancelling their league game on Saturday, the Lady Mary Trophy trip to Thetford on Sunday was the only game for Cromer over the weekend.

WITH the wet weather cancelling their league game on Saturday, the Lady Mary Trophy trip to Thetford on Sunday was the only game for Cromer over the weekend. Cromer won by 59 runs.

Weather permitting, Cromer should face Dereham at the Norton Warnes on Sunday in the next round.

Saturday also sees a home fixture in the league for the first XI with Acle

the visitors.

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Although Thetford was in bright sunshine, the damp weather prior to the match forced the game to be reduced to 30 overs per side.

Thetford won the toss and put the visitors into bat. Skipper Tom Davies opened the batting with Rayno Arendse. Thetford's opening bowlers kept things tight in the early overs but failed to take a wicket. After the first 10 overs Cromer were 42 for no loss.

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Arendse and Davies then began to up the run rate and moved on to 87 in the 18th over before Davies was bowled by Smeed on 27.

Shortly after the loss of Davies, Arendse moved past his half-century, hitting six fours and one six.

The Cromer professional added 10 more runs before being caught by Smeed off the bowling of Piggott. He scored 60 off 73 balls and Cromer were 116-3 with five overs remaining. Liam Davies (10), Richard Charlwood (8) and Michael Warnes (7) all added quick, vital runs and Cromer finished 147-8 from their 30 overs.

Smeed and Piggott were the only wicket takers as they ended with figures of 4-13 and 3-25 respectively.

In reply, Thetford openers Bryanton and Conroy looked to get the innings going. Both made 13 before both being dismissed off the bowling of James Craske. The latter went on to get two more wickets and finish with figures of 4-22 from six overs.

Craske produced possibly his best spell of bowling since joining the

club. He used the conditions superbly to serve up several unplayable deliveries, which had the batsmen in all sorts of bother.

Four more wickets fell for very few runs and at the halfway mark Thetford were 41-6.

One of those wickets was the experienced Mickey Piggott who was out for a duck, caught Charlwood bowled Webster.

Charlie Webster was making his first appearance for the Cromer first XI.

He bowled his six overs excellently, took two wickets and conceded just

six runs.

Thetford then lost their seventh wicket before Smeed and Lingard put up a slight resistance. They built a partnership of 31 before Smeed was bowled by Colin Brown for 24.

Only four overs remained so Cromer had more or less secured victory with Thetford requiring a massive 15 runs per over with two wickets left.

Cromer got the last Thetford wicket in the 29th over, ending when Tom Davies stumped Lingard off the bowling of Brown, who finished with figures of 2-17.

Thetford were all out for 88.

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