North Norfolk neighbours meet in Alliance fixture

Cromer and Bradfield are preparing for an intriguing derby encounter on Saturday (1pm) after contrasting results in Division One of the Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance at the weekend.

Cromer slipped to a second straight defeat – and second from bottom in the table – when they were well beaten at Brooke while Bradfield had the better of their fixture against Mattishall, picking up a third winning draw of the season to remain unbeaten, albeit without a win to their name so far.

They will be looking to put that right when they travel to the Norton Warnes Ground on Saturday to face a Cromer side who have struggled since recording an emphatic victiory over Mattishall in their first game of the season following a weather-delayed start to the campaign.

The Cromer bowlers were made to toil in the sun on Saturday as quickfire centuries from John Habershon (111no from 80 balls) and Rob Panter (100no, 69 balls) took Brooke to a massive 302-2 and set up a 143-run win.

They featured in a third wicket stand of 216 before Habershon (four for 22) also shone with the ball to wrap up victory. Cromer were eventually dismissed for 159 and had just three points to show for their efforts.

Jay Eastoe-Smith's 65 helped Mattishall earn a 90pc losing draw at Bradfield, who had an innings of 70 from Ed Botwright. Bradfield made 222 while Mattishall finished on 209-7.

Struggling Cromer A's woeful form continued at Norton Warnes when they were shot out for a meagre 73 runs by visiting Narborough, with N Steels claiming four wickets for just nine runs.

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Opener Ben Clarke scored 24 of Cromer's total, their only batsman to achieve double figures.

Narborough eased to 74-1 to secure a nine-wicket victory in 20 overs in the Alliance Division Four fixture.

Cromer A, now second from bottom in the table, are away to Lowestoft Railway on Saturday.

n Cromer Cricket Club are hosting a family fun day next Tuesday as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

From 12 noon onwards there will be games and activities throughout the day plus a barbecue. Everyone is welcome.