Sudbury Champions as Swardeston miss out on sixth successive EAPL title as rain has final say.
Swardeston’s five year reign as East Anglian Premier League champions
ended in frustrating fashion on Saturday when they were denied a chance
to go for the emphatic win they needed to make it six on the trot.
What should have been a thrilling end to the campaign ended up being a
real damp squib as their match against title rivals Sudbury at Friars
Street was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The Suffolk side had gone into the match 21 points clear at
the top, meaning the visitors needed to win the game while denying the
opposition any more than three bonus points to pip them for the
But the season-long rivals ended up taking
seven points each as rain had the final say. After an early lunch had
been taken to allow time for a wet outfield to dry out there were hopes
of getting in a 32 overs fixture, but the weather then closed in again
and the match was abandoned, prompting celebrations in the home dressing
Further south at Frinton-on-Sea there were such no
problems with the weather and Vauxhall Mallards rounded off their
campaign in style with a thumping 230-run win. The visitors responded to
the challenge of being asked to bat first in impressive fashion, piling
up 320-6 in their 50 overs.
Mitchell Todd and Ben France
set the tone by putting on 134 for the first wicket and when France
went for 61 his partner found another willing ally in Matt Plater, with a
further 82 being added.
Todd eventually went for 131,
having faced just 106 balls, while an unbeaten 39 from Brett Stolworthy
helped lift the Mallards’s total well over 300.
had to go for their shots to stand any chance of winning the game and
wickets tumbled on a regular basis, with the Essex side being dismissed
in just the 22nd over for 90.
There were three wickets apiece for Neil Clarkson and Adam Todd while Luke Caswell and France took two each.
ended up finishing bottom - 24 points below Bury St Edmunds - after
their derby match at Great Witchingham was washed out. But they already
knew their place in the EAPL was secure, with the champions of the three
feeder leagues - Downham Town, Ketton and Elmswell - all having decided
to stay put.