Team changes and ground work set up Cromer for season
There have been some major changes on and off the field at Cromer Cricket Club as they gear up for the new season.
Kieron Tuck, who has played for the club for over 20 years, takes over the captaincy reigns from Tom Davies for 2011.
Davies has done a superb job captaining the side over the last five years, and will stay on as vice-captain this year.
On the playing front, the club have lost the services of Michael Warnes. Losing the league's best player would be a blow to any team.
It was a tough decision for him to leave Cromer. The club wishes him well at Horsford.
David Turner has also left to pursue EAPL cricket at Mallards, and Nish Liyinage will not be returning from Sri Lanka. But Cromer have gained the services of four new players to compensate.
Anthony Robinson makes a welcome return from Bradfield and will be an exciting addition to the bowling options.
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Colin Brown is also available again and will give much-needed variety with his reliable off-spin, something that was badly missed in 2010.
The evergreen Evan Tuck returns from Sheringham to bolster the bowling options, and Cromer will also be joined by Max Carius, a young Australian player of great potential from Queensland.
The league will be very competitive this season with two strong teams coming up from Division One, but the club are confident that the first XI can surprise many within the league.
There will be great opportunities for the young squad to become leading players and take responsibility for delivering results for the club.
Dean Elliott takes over as second- team skipper.
They look to have a strong team, particularly on the bowling front, to take on the new challenge of Division Four, having been promoted from Division Five as champions in 2010.
The club are hopeful that the second XI will be very competitive in that section.
Tom Davies continues to lead the youth coaching programme, supported by the other qualified coaches at the club.
Any young players wishing to join the Cromer Colts should see the details on the Cromer CC website. www.cromercc.com
'There will also be a difference at the ground itself with a brand new �13k net facility being installed as well as new sightscreens, which are already in place.
Funding for these projects has been provided by Sport England, The Lords Taverners and the Norfolk Community Foundation.
The club have also organised several works parties at the ground in recent weeks under the NatWest CricketForce banner.
This has facilitated some extensive redecorations and repairs around the clubhouse and changing rooms.
However, there is still plenty to do around the ground, so if anyone has the time to help out they are asked to let anyone on the club committee know.
You don't have to be a club member to help. Anyone in the Cromer area willing to help would be very welcome.
All details, match reports, statistics and club news will be posted on the new Cromer CC website this year at www.cromercc.com
Cromer (194 all out) lost to Old Buckenham (195-5) by five wickets in a friendly.
Cromer: T Davies c Austin b Lawrence 0, O Kimber b Lawrence 89, R Charlwood c Lawrence b Goldsmith 1, K Tuck c Hay b Lawrence 81, D Elliott b Alexander 0, K Regis b Lawrence 0, B Payne b Lawrence 1, A Robinson st Banham b Alexander 1, J Battrick not out 1, J Craske b Alexander 0, E Tuck b Alexander 0; extras 19. Total 194.
Bowling: A Lawrence 12-3-40-5, P Goldsmith 6-3-9-1, J Hay 8-1-32-0, T Alexander 8.3-0-43-4, R Austin 7-2-36-0, B Mann 5-0-25-0.
Old Buckenham: T Banham lbw Robinson 4, J Fudge b Robinson 6, J Alexander lbw Battrick 59, T Perry lbw Regis 29, J Heaney lbw Payne 17, B Mann not out 40, J Hay not out 16; extras 26. Total (5 wkts) 197.
Bowling: Robinson 8-1-50-2, J Craske 5-0-30-0, K Regis 6-0-27-1, J Battrick 4-0-34-1, E Tuck 3-0-21-0, B Payne 4-0-30-1.