Sutton hammers brilliant ton to take Cromer to the top

A new season of Norfolk Alliance cricket is under way at Cromer. Picture: Archant

A new season of Norfolk Alliance cricket is under way at Cromer. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Cromer are sitting proudly at the top of the Premier Division of the Cecil Amey Norfolk Alliance after three mathces.

Michael Warnes' side lead the way by six points after recording an impressive five wicket victory at Fakenham on Saturday.

That followed an opening day win over North Runcton and a no result at Downham, when bad light had the final say, while the team also made an impressive finish to last season to pull away from the top flight relegation zone.

The star of the show at the weekend was young opener Frankie Sutton, who scored a brilliant 130 in only 75 balls to guide his side to victory

Fakenham won the toss and elected to bat first but they were kept in check by a solid bowling performance from the visitors and could only get up to 220-7 in their 50 overs. David Coyle (49), Paul Dunger (36 not out) and Peter Matthews (30) were the main contributors.

Richard Charlwood (2-26) and Michael Warnes (2-52) were the most successful bowlers, while the concession of 29 wides was the only real negative for the Cromer attack.

Sutton immediately took centre stage as the visitors began their reply and such was the ferocity of his attack that his side were able to get home inside 30 overs. The opener's innings included 15 fours and seven sixes and although partners came and went without making significant contributions it had no affect on the outcome, with Cromer finishing on 221-5. David Turner (22) and overseas player Devon Singh-Parhar (21 not out) were the next highest scorers.

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Cromer will be looking to go marching on at the top on Saturday when they welcome newly promoted Horsford A to the Norton Warnes Ground (1pm).

Cromer A suffered a comprehensive nine wicket defeat against Great Melton A in Division Five. Melton got home in some comfort after dismissing their opponents for just 143 (Peter Gascoyne 31 not out).

The seconds are away to Mattishall A on Saturday.

The region's two representatives in the top flight of the Norfolk League both suffered defeats.

St Andrew's moved clear at the top as they overtook a stiff target of 236 set by Overstrand, to win by six wickets with Ryan Finney hitting a mammoth 146. Ben Reedman earlier top scored for Overstrand with 67.

Castle Rising moved into second spot as they beat Happisburgh, openers Ollie Denton (55) and Darren Clark (54) being the main contributors in a total of 237-7. In reply Happisburgh were bowled out for 181.