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Two hundreds but no result

PUBLISHED: 11:01 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:05 13 July 2010

Players on both sides completed centuries to no avail when Cromer travelled to Brundall looking to avenge a defeat by Vauxhall Mallards, only for conditions to force the match to be abandoned.

Players on both sides completed centuries to no avail when Cromer travelled to Brundall looking to avenge a defeat by Vauxhall Mallards, only for conditions to force the match to be abandoned.

Rayno Arendse posted an unbeaten 125 for Cromer in their 239 and Goldsmith was 101 not out for Mallards when bad light ended the match with Mallards 19 runs short of victory.

The wicket looked like it would favour the bowlers and when Mallards captain Goldsmith won the toss he had no hesitation putting Cromer in to bat.

The Cromer openers, however, coped with the conditions brilliantly and saw off the opening bowlers.

Arendse at one end was punishing any loose, wayward delivery and moving the score along, while skipper Tom Davies was taking no chances at the other end.

The first wicket fell in the 25th over, Davies the man to go after a patient display for his 19.

Charlwood joined Arendse and together they moved

the visitors towards a very high score.

Their partnership of 136 came to an end with two overs left. Charlwood had scored 65 from 64 deliveries.

Arendse had moved beyond his century and at the end of the 50 overs was still in the middle, not out on 125, as Cromer posted a total of 239.

The start of the Mallards' innings was delayed due to rain during the tea break.

But when they did go out to bat they began at a steady pace. After Arendse got the wickets of both openers the run rate dropped.

Newton was then dismissed cheaply and the home side were 58-3 after 21 overs and Cromer seemed on top.

It was already apparent that the light may become an issue, but when Goldsmith joined De Zoysa in the middle the main issue was breaking up the partnership.

This lasted 21 overs and they added 142 runs to the score and moved Mallards into the winning position.

De Zoysa was the man to go for 57 and 40 more runs were needed.

The light had become a major problem for both teams, fielders were struggling to see the ball after it was hit and batting against the Cromer pace attack was becoming almost impossible, especially for a new batsman. It was becoming dangerous for all players in the game.

Perhaps luckily for Cromer and unfortunately for Mallards bad light called an end to the game with five overs left and Mallards needing 19 more runs.

Goldsmith was left not out on 101. Mallards were so close to victory but there was no option but to abandon the game as somebody could have been seriously hurt.


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