Up And Running With An Emphatic Victory
Bowlers take control to dismiss the visitors for less than 50
(The match was kindly sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Mills, Suffield Park Post Office)
With the recent bad weather accounting for the loss of the first two weekends of cricket Cromer were finally able to get their Divison One campaign up and running. However the game could only go ahead thanks to the hard work of a select few who had cut the Norton Warnes outfield with hand mowers, as the ground was too wet for the tractor.
The Crabs welcomed Mattishall to North Norfolk, and skipper Tom Davies won the toss and inevitably put the visitors into bat. Anthony Robinson and Kristian Regis were given the job of opening the bowling and both did a fine job of applying pressure to the Mattishall batsmen. Regis would strike with just his third ball to make the break through for his side. He and Robinson were going for very few runs, and six of the first 12 overs were maidens.
Robinson got involved in the action in the 9th over and was on a hat trick after dismissing Hubbard and Cole with successive deliveries, but his third delivery was left alone by Forder and went through to Ollie Kimber behind the stumps.
Before the spell of Regis would come to an end he would get the wicket of Chetwood for 11, caught behind by Kimber. The bowling duties then turned to Chris Carey and Dean Elliott. They continued were Robinson and Regis had started and were again making life difficult for the batsmen.
Only one more Mattishall batsman would reach double figures, Gosling (12). Carey was now the man doing most of the damage getting the wickets of Forder, Gosling, Tobias and Spalding. Elliot was also joining in grabbing two wickets of his own, including that of Grant which brought the Mattishall innings to an end with them having scored only 47.
A superb bowling display from Robinson, Regis, Carey and Elliott meant the Crabs needed just 48 runs for the perfect start to the season. Carey finished with figures of 4 for 12 from his 8 overs, whilst the others all picked up two wickets each.
Kimber and Davies took to the crease and were looking to make a quick finish of the game. Both players hit early boundaries to release any anxiety they may have had in their first innings' of the year. The visitors were able to pick up one wicket when Grant caught Kimber off the bowling of Weber, having scored 24.
Richard Charlwood came in at three with his side requiring just 7 runs for victory. The emphatic win was confirmed in the 10th over thanks to a four from Charlwood. He would finish 8 not out whilst Davies was unbeaten on 13.