Famous Cup win for Cromer

HOWZAT?: Action from Cromers defeat at Sprowston in the Norfolk Alliance on Saturday. Photo: LIZZY H

HOWZAT?: Action from Cromers defeat at Sprowston in the Norfolk Alliance on Saturday. Photo: LIZZY HAMPSON - Credit: Archant

Cromer produced a brilliant performance to knock defending champions Horsford out of the Carter Cup on Sunday, writes Richard Cox,

The visitors from the East Anglian Premier League won the toss and stuck Cromer into bat. Tight bowling in the early over from Perry-Warnes and Timmins saw runs difficult to come by for openers David Turner and Matthew Warnes.

The first wicket came in the 12th over with Cromer on just 14. This brought Richard Charlwood to the crease and he looked to get his side on the front foot with a couple of early boundaries. With Warnes supporting, Charlwood scored quickly and reached 50 from 63 balls but was out four balls later when he was run out by Read for 52.

Two quick wickets followed before the players came off for lunch, after the 39th over, with Cromer 99-4. After the break Warnes brothers Matthew and Michael looked to move the score along. Matthew got the reward for his patient display as he made his first 50 of the season. He lost his wicket in the 49th over after scoring 59, and the brothers had put on 47. Michael soon followed back to the pavilion having made 20. Winterbone and Craske were then in and out and Cromer were 147 for 9 with 4.5 overs remaining, and 160 seemed unlikely but Ant Robinson had other ideas.

The Cromer fast bowler proved he could also do damage with the bat has he smashed 40 from 21 balls, including one four and five sixes. His superb knock came to an end with the penultimate ball of the innings but his fantastic effort saw Cromer finish with a very useful 192.

Horsford's reply didn't get off to the best start when opener Read fell for two in just the third over, with captain Michael Warnes getting the wicket. Nathan Perry-Warnes failed to take advantage of the start he got and went for 24 following a sharp stumping by Ollie Kimber off the bowling of Robinson.

This meant the dangerous Steph Marillier came to the crease, and the Zimbabwean was part of small stands with Bryan and Bridgstock, but the home side were proving difficult opponents. Marillier was finding the boundary regularly and closing in on his half century before Robinson got the prize scalp, with Marillier having made 46. The EAPL outfit were now 100-5 and an upset was now very much on the cards.

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The Cromer bowling attack was now ruthless, with the fielders taking any chance they got and only one of the final six Horsford batsmen even reached double figures, and with wickets falling quickly the holders were in deep trouble.

Paul Winterbone joined the party picking up three of the final four wickets.

The 10th and final wicket fell in the 47th other when Michael Warnes got Timmins, meaning the visitors were all out for 135. Warnes ended with superb figures of 3 for 11 from his 10.1 overs. Robinson also topped off a superb all round individual display by taking three wickets.

A brilliant display from Cromer secured a 57 run victory over the reigning Carter Cup champions. They now eagerly await the second round draw this Friday night on Radio Norfolk.