Openers take charge

After the previous week's winning draw Cromer looked for another positive Norfolk Alliance Premier Division result when bottom of the table Old Buckenham came to the Norton Warnes ground.

After the previous week's winning draw Cromer looked for another positive Norfolk Alliance Premier Division result when bottom of the table Old Buckenham came to the Norton Warnes ground. They got it, a 10-wicket win.

Skipper Tom Davies hit 88 not out and Rayno Arendse an unbeaten 86 as Cromer easily passed Buckenham's 189 all out, Richard Charlwood claiming 4-8.

For the first time this season captain Davies elected to bowl first after winning the toss.

Arendse and Michael Warnes continued their form with the ball and the Buckenham openers found runs very hard to come by. The first wicket to fall was Fudge for a duck, caught and bowled Arendse. Eight overs later Cromer got the wicket of pro Vithanage for just eight with an excellent run out from Charlwood.

With the visitors scoring at just three runs an over they needed to up the run rate but Colin Brown and Dean Elliott were making it difficult for the batsmen.

Terry Perry had moved beyond his half century with a stubborn display. From 35 overs Old Buckenham had scored just 101-4.

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Banham and Perry, in a brief partnership, upped the run rate to over five an over. In a spell of 10 overs, when the Cromer bowlers went slightly off the boil, Banham punished them to make a quickfire 37 in a partnership of 56.

Warnes got rid of Banham, leg before in the 44th over, and when Charlwood bowled Perry (70) Cromer were sitting in a strong position. Superb bowling from Charlwood, in particular, at the death saw him pick up three more wickets.

The last man was dismissed with eight balls remaining in the innings. Warnes also finished with very good figures of 2-44 from 10 overs.

Cromer needed to score 190 from 51 overs to secure the win. Arendse started the quickest, finding the boundary regularly in the early overs. Once the skipper got of the mark after 19 balls he batted with the same fluidity as Arendse.

The overseas man was the first to reach his half-century, from 54 balls. Davies' 50 took 74 deliveries. By the time both men were past 50 and it was then a case of the margin of the victory.

Davies scored the winning runs in the 37th over with two well-struck sixes. Davies scored 11 fours and five sixes, Arendse 14 fours and one six.

Cromer did superbly in the field to restrict Old Buckenham to 189. In future games, if conditions suit, the captain should have no concerns about bowling first with this kind of performance.

Cromer will look for another win on Saturday when they travel to Swardeston.

On the road for the second week running, Cromer A recorded a hard fought win at Loddon.

Cromer won the toss and elected to bat on a track that was seeing its first use of the season, and what a game it was to welcome Loddon back to their home ground.

Initially the batsmen struggled to put the ball away and had to settle for picking up ones and twos, the experience of Gascoyne proving invaluable in keeping the scoreboard moving.

After losing Gascoyne, Barret and Regis in fairly quick succession, Turner was joined by Graveling and the pair put on a 70 to ease the nerves and took the total past 120 with 10 overs still to go.

Turner was joined by Sam Dickens who hit a quick fire 17 and sacrificed his wicket in going for the runs needed to secure maximum batting points.

Through it all, Turner kept his head and posted his first league ton, the second of the week after he posted his first ever ton during an U15 earlier in the week.

On a track that was doing a bit all day Turner worked hard for his runs and thoroughly deserved the plaudits as he was finally dismissed for 110.

Webster and van Greuning saw the innings out, narrowly failing to reach 200 and maximum batting points.

After tea it was business as usual for Regis and Battrick who opened with pace and accuracy and had the usual miserly combined figures of 2-31 from the opening spell.

Dickens and Webster bowled well in first change, Dickens with awful luck on a day when Cromer's catching, with the noted exception of Regis, was simply appalling, with numerous chances going to ground.

Taylor showed a return to true form with a five-over burst yet somehow, almost without the fielding side noticing, the score ticked over and at 35 overs Loddon must have felt that they had an outside chance in needing 80 from the last 10.

Then came the second spell of the ever reliable Regis and young Alex Craske. Regis showed real aggression and took a second wicket from his second four-over spell.

Alex Craske, after spending 36 overs in the field without a bowl, unleashed himself upon the remaining batsmen and took a superb five-wicket haul, four of which, were clean bowled, finishing with figures of 5-16 from just 4.4 overs. Bowling at the death is a knack and Alex showed he had it in spades on Saturday.

David Turner must be man of the match for his superb batting, but Alex Craske pushed him hard with his bowling at the end.

A hard-earned 25 point win for the A team and good lessons learned.

Saturday sees a welcome return to the Norton Warnes ground and a rematch against Old Catton.