Cromer's big hitters in form

Cromer 285-3 (22pts) beat Old Buckenham 284-4 (6pts) by seven wickets at Old Buckenham in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division. There was record club partnership, an unbeaten ton for Richard Charlwood with Nish Liyanage falling four short of his century.

Cromer 285-3 (22pts) beat Old Buckenham 284-4 (6pts) by seven wickets at Old Buckenham in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division. There was record club partnership, an unbeaten ton for Richard Charlwood with Nish Liyanage falling four short of his century.

Cromer made the long trip down the A11 to face Old Buckenham on a bright, sunny day which was ideal for cricket.

The hosts won the toss and their captain Terry Perry decided to bat first. Perry, along with Banham, got their side off to a perfect start.

The pitch offered very little for the Cromer attack and Old Buckenham were going at around 4.5 runs per over for the first half of their innings.

Cromer finally broke the opening partnership in the 30th over when Liyanage got Banham for 65 after he and Perry had put on 143.

Alexander soon followed back to the pavilion and it was then the turn of Perry and Harrison to put on a profitable partnership.

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Perry moved beyond his half-century and was scoring mainly ones and twos with the odd boundary, whilst Harrison was the more aggressive of the pair.

Cromer's cause in the field wasn't helped when in the 36th over Kieran Tuck was forced to leave the field with a hamstring injury.

Old Buckenham skipper Perry reached his century but didn't really look to accelerate his score and it was Harrison who was pushing the home side's total along.

Harrison became the third man to reach 50, but shortly after was dismissed by Charlwood for 55. Craske then got the wicket of Perry in the next over after he had made 117.

There was one over remaining in which Heaney scored his 18 to take his side to a total of 284 for four.

A very impressive total which arguably could have been more if Old Buckenham had been more attacking, especially with Cromer a fielder down.

The visitors didn't get their reply off to the best start with Lawrence taking two wickets in the seventh over and Cromer were 34 for 2.

This brought Nish Liyanage to the crease with Richard Charlwood and this partnership really prospered.

Charlwood was the first to make his 50, from 58 balls. Sri Lankan Liyanage also made his half-century, from 59 deliveries.

The pair were moving the Cromer score along at over five runs per over and the huge score of 285 was well within sight.

The hosts finally brought the partnership to an end after they had put on 202, which was a new club record for the third wicket.

Liyanage was the man to go off the bowling of Heaney for 96, from 101 balls, including eight fours and

four sixes.

Cromer required 50 runs from

49 deliveries.

Michael Warnes joined Charlwood in the middle. Charlwood made it to his hundred from 114 deliveries. He and Warnes then saw Cromer to victory. Warnes finished 23 not out from 18 balls whilst Charlwood's excellent innings saw him finish unbeaten on 121 from 130 balls, including 17 fours.

Victory was secured with two overs to spare after a superb batting performance.

Old Buckenham: T Perry b Craske 117, T Banham lbw Liyanage 65, J Alexander lbw Elliott 4, I Harrison b Charlwood 55, S Mathewson not out 0, J Heaney not out 18; extras 25. Total (4 wkts) 284. Bowling: M Warnes 11-0-58-0, N Liyanage 13-1-56-1, R Charlwood 5-0-26-1, D Elliott 13-0-73-1, J Craske 8-0-63-1.

Cromer: R Charlwood not out 121, B Clarke c-b A Lawrence 16, D Turner c A Austin b Lawrence 0, N Liyanage c King b Heaney 96, M Warnes not out 23; extras 29. Total (3 wkts) 284. Bowling: A Lawrence 8-0-45-2, J Lincoln 5-1-23-0, P King 13-2-63-0, J Heaney 12-0-77-1, I Harrison 5-0-31-0, B Mann 5-0-43-0.

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