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Cromer start well

PUBLISHED: 13:02 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 13 July 2010

Cromer's Alliance Premier campaign got off to the best possible start as Tom Davies' First XI beat Old Buckenham by 59 runs, bowling the home team out for 110 with 11 overs to spare.

Cromer's Alliance Premier campaign got off to the best possible start as Tom Davies' First XI beat Old Buckenham by 59 runs, bowling the home team out for 110 with 11 overs to spare.

Richard Charlwood led the way for Cromer with 80, and overseas professional Rayno Arendse chipped in with 32, yet with only 169 on the board as the innings closed the Cromer total looked vunerable at best. The situation was critical as Old Buckenham serenely took 20 off the first five overs, but Arendse came to the party with with 3-23 as the home team started to struggle.

Jez Wright and off-spinner Colin Brown each claimed a brace of wickets, but the happiest man was seamer James Craske, who joined Arendse with 3-23 on his competitive debut for Cromer.

Skipper Davies was delighted - and relieved - as the final wicket fell. “I must admit I though 169 was below par on that wicket. We had a few words at tea and to give the bowlers credit the performance that followed was outstanding.

“Charlwood batted well, he should be knocking on the door of the Norfolk Development squad this year - and of course we're all pleased for James Craske on his first league start for us. We've got a good young side here, a great professional, and we're quietly optimistic about the season.”

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