Wash-out means Horsford avoid relegation as Woolpit finish bottom.
Rain ruled out the possibility of an exciting finish to the Gibbs Denley
East Anglian Premier League season at the weekend – but Horsford
Ryan Findlay’s side were still not safe from relegation going into
the final day of a disappointing campaign, with bottom side Woolpit
still capable of overtaking their fellow strugglers.
to the relegation battle was the fact the two sides were due to meet at
Manor Park at the weekend but as it turned out the match never got under
way, with heavy morning rain and further drizzle in the afternoon
meaning both sides had to settle for seven points,
Horsford finished the day where they started it, 23 points clear of
Woolpit, ensuring they can start planning for another season in the EAPL
while their second team, who were Norfolk Alliance Division One
champions, can now claim their rightful place in the top flight.
call-off was also good news for six runners-up in the Alliance – Acle,
Vauxhall Mallards A, Swaffham, North Runcton A, Beccles A and
Happisburgh – who are all now clear to take a step up the ladder.
Witchingham finished the EAPL season third from bottom, five points
clear of Horsford, after their match with Vauxhall Mallards at Walcis
Park was also abandoned without a ball being bowled, but there was a
full game in the other Norfolk fixture at Postwick, just eight miles
from Manor Park, where Norwich entertained Sudbury.
posted an all-out total of 221 in 50.1 overs, with a seventh wicket
partnership of 91 between Sanjay Mishra (67) and Jason Blake (42)
enabling them to set a decent target.
As it turned out the extra
runs didn’t matter as Sudbury succumbed for just 90 in 25.3 overs, with
the Watson brothers doing most of the damage.
weighed in with 4-19 while Aaron took 4-33 to guide their side to a
comprehensive win that secured a fourth place finish, just above
Champions Swardeston suffered a rare defeat on the final
day, going down by two wickets at Frinton after declaring on 293-7
after 44 overs.
With half an eye on next Sunday’s Royal London
Club Championship final against South Northumberland in Northampton,
Swardeston made one or two changes to their side, while their batting
order also had an unfamiliar look to it.
Peter Lambert and Joe
Gatting ended up going in at seven and eight respectively and put on a
swift 134 to get their side up close to 300 after they had slipped to
Gatting made 79 off just 41 balls and Lambert an unbeaten
50 in 42, while regular opener Jordan Taylor smashed a quick unbeaten 19
from No 9.
Frinton responded in impressive fashion and got home
in the 57th over, with Tom Benn still there at the end on 82. Matthew
Taylor continued his recent fine form with the ball, taking 4-32.
finished the season with an impressive tally of 448 points, 109 more
than their nearest rivals Cambridge Granta, with Copdock finishing
Source: EDP Sport - http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/wash_out_means_horsford_avoid_relegation_1_4692388