Sutton the star as Cromer end promising season in style

Long-serving Steve Goldsmith receives a guard of honour from his Vauxhall Mallards team-mates after

Long-serving Steve Goldsmith receives a guard of honour from his Vauxhall Mallards team-mates after coming out to bat for the club the final time at Halvergate on Saturday in the Norfolk Alliance match against Stow. Turn inside for a report. Picture: Alan Tinkler - Credit: Archant

Cromer recorded an emphatic win over last year's champions Brooke to end a promising Norfolk Alliance Premier Division campaign on a high note.

Michael Warnes' side won by 77 runs at the Norton Warnes Ground after getting all the way up to 345-5, with opener Frankie Sutton smashing an entertaining century.

It was their 11th victory in 18 league and left them well clear of North Runcton in third place, with champions Donwham Town finishing 48 points clear.

The match produced a feast of big hitting, with no fewer than 23 sixes over the course of the afternoon, and seven of them were scored by Sutton in his 97 ball 122.

David Turner, who earlier in the season hit six sixes in one over, also got in on the act, with a 38 ball 71 that featured six maximums lifting the hosts towards the 350 mark from their 50 overs.

Brooke made a spirited reply, with Gary Chirimuuta making 118, but they were unable to keep up with the seven an over rate required and were dismissed for 268.

On a diffucult day for the bowlers Warnes led the way with 3-35 from 8.4 overs while Chris Carey and James Craske weighed in with two wicktes apiece.

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With the title having been secured by Downham last week the focus was on the foot of the table.

In the end Horsford A stayed in the bottom two after losing at Downham - but that only tells half the story.

The visitors put up a tremendous fight against the champions before losing by four runs, bowling them out for 184 and then getting up to 180 (Callum Metcalf 52) before losing their final wicket in the 42nd over.

That meant Fakenham survived after seeing their three-match winning run halted by North Runcton, who won by 131 runs at Highfield Lawn after making 240-7. Garboldisham, who had also been in grave danger, secured their safety by bowling out Acle for 65.

Cromer A ended their Division Five campaign with a tough fixture at promoted Hockwold and lost by seven wickets to finish a respectable fourth.

Nickl Bond made 50 in a visiting total of 165 but that was easy meat for the hosts as Roy Bland hit 10 fours and nine sixes on his way to an unbeaten 107.