Promotion delight for Cromer CC
Cromer CC are back in the top flight of the Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance after ending their season in impressive style at the home of Norfolk cricket.
The Crabs took on Horsford A at Manor Park knowing that the winners would clinch promotion from Division One – and with the pressure on they delivered the goods in no uncertain fashion.
Cromer had lost their previous two fixtures against struggling teams to dent hopes of an immediate return to the Premier Division – but against Horsford there were no slip-ups as they secured a comprehensive 58-run victory.
After winning the toss Cromer captain Tom Davies opted to bat first on an overcast afternoon and it quickly became obvious that a slow pitch would make runs hard to come by. But they batted sensibly to put together what proved to be an excellent total of 171 all out. Richard Charlwood top scored with 39 while there were further useful contributions at the top of the order from Davies (29) and Oli Kimber (25).
The fact that the tail wagged was an added bonus for the visitors as Horsford's Alex Lincoln (five for 30) did his utmost to keep his side in the title hunt.
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Chris Carey was the star for Cromer as Horsford were dismissed for just 113 in reply. The former Norfolk player took four for 30 while Dean Elliott weighed in with three wickets to confirm himself as the club's leading wicket taker for the season and James Craske claimed two victims.
In the end Cromer finished 20 points clear at the top of the table after a topsy turvy campaign that saw them win seven and lose five of their matches, with three winning draws and three no results. It wasn't exactly plain sailing – but the end result was a swift return to the Alliance Premier Division after the bitter disappointment of relegation the previous season.
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'Getting promoted is a great feeling,' said Davies. 'We hadn't performed well in our two previous games but on Saturday the lads were excellent. It was the perfect day to turn in our best performance of the season.
'It's good to be back in the Premier Division and the target now is to consolidate our position next season.'
n Aldborough secured the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Division Three title with a win against neighbours Sheringham.
Batting first, Aldborough posted 221-7 from their 40 overs with key contributions from Flanagan (71 not out), Nathan Perry-Warnes (60) and Cramp (33).
In response, Sheringham were dismissed within 30 overs for 130. Jamie Perry-Warnes (3-27) was the strike bowler, picking up the key wickets of Sturgess (30) and Sheridan (30). There were also wickets for Biss (2-13), Mears (1-6), Moakes (1-18), Cook (1-28) and Cramp (1-31).
Aldborough's Saturday sides have both safeguarded their positions in their respective leagues for next season. With only one team being demoted from Division Five of the Norfolk Alliance following Halvergate's mid-season withdrawal, Bradenham A failed to secure the win they needed on the final day to overhaul Aldborough.
Aldborough A finished a respectable fifth in Norfolk League Division Four with their final game being abandoned.