Swardeston’s season up and running after derby win at Norwich
New skipper Joe Gatting saw Swardeston home to their first win of the
season on Saturday - but there were more than a few scares along the
Last season’s runners-up looked set for a comfortable afternoon at
Ingham when they dismissed hosts Norwich for just 136, with Tom Oxley
taking four wickets and evergreen former captain Mark Thomas three.
But it was far from plain sailing for Swardeston and in the
end they were grateful for an unbeaten 35 from Gatting as they edged
home by just two wickets.
After being asked to bat first Norwich struggled
against a strong visiting attack, with opener Lewis Sexton top scoring
with 29 and Connor Green’s knock of 24 not out in 72 balls emphasising
just how tough it was for batsmen.
That was also the case when Swardeston’s reply got under way. But
openers Jordan Taylor (41) and Jason Reynolds (20) batted well to take
them past 50 and although wickets then began to tumble Gatting organised
the tail to see his side home, with No 10 Oxley hitting the winning
boundary in the 33rd over.
It was a timely tonic for Gatting’s men after an opening
day defeat at Mildenhall and last weekend’s washout had left them 18
points behind co-leaders Frinton, Sudbury and Mildenhall in the early
Vauxhall Mallards and Horsford are locked together on the
bottom with just 12 points to their name after suffering their second
defeats of the campaign.
Both made below par totals in tough away games before seeing the opposition cruise home with plenty of overs to spare.
Mallards got up to 217-8 in their 50 overs at Bury St
Edmunds, thanks almost entirely to an excellent fourth wicket
partnership of 152 between new South African recruit Nicholas Smit and
rising star Oli Stone, who had been given permission to play by his
Stone, 24, is rapidly making his name as one of England’s
top young fast bowlers, but he shone with the bat at the weekend, making
an excellent 69 while his partner finished on 80.
But their efforts proved to be in vain, with Bury knocking
off the runs for the loss of only four wickets with 14 overs to spare,
with Murray Cousins (69) and Luke du Plooy (65) leading the way and Paul
Bradshaw taking 4-35.
It was even more one-sided at Frinton, who bowled out
Horsford for just 124, with Chris Read (39 not), skipper Luke Finlay
(32) and Callum Melcalf (30) scoring the bulk of the runs. Frinton also
went on to record a six wicket triumph but completed the job in just 20