Swardeston go marching on as below-par Witches have a day to forget
Swardeston reeled off a fifth straight win in the East Anglian
Premier League on Saturday as rivals Great Witchingham saw their perfect
start to the campaign come to an abrupt halt.
The defending champions didn’t have things all their own way
against visitors Cambridge Granta but, as is so often the case, they
did what they had to do with both bat and ball to keep flying high at
It was a different story for the Witches, however, with Sam
Arthurton’s side having a real off day at fellow high-flyers Sudbury to
end up on the wrong end of a 10-wicket drubbing.
After being asked to bat first at The Common, Swardeston produced a typically solid effort to get up to 243-8 in their 50 overs,
Opener Jason Reynolds celebrated his Norfolk
call-up with a top score of 68 while a series of good contributions down
the order, including an unbeaten 27 in 19 balls from skipper Mark
Thomas, ensured the hosts had a decent total to defend.
A fine partnership of 94 for the sixth wicket
between Jonathan Atkinson and Lewis Hill helped Granta make a game of it
but it was all over bar the shouting when they lost four wickets with
the score on 158. Granta were eventually all out for 176 with Joe
Gatting and Tom Oxley both taking three wickets.
Witchingham were put in on a difficult wicket at
Sudbury and the first-wicket partnership of 34 between Arthurton and
James Spelman proved to be the biggest of a really disappointing effort.
Too many players gave their wickets away with poor shots as the visitors were all out for just 121 in the 48th over.
It was a different story after lunch as Tom
Mansfield and Tom Huggins came out full of intent to knock off the runs
before the rain came. They set about the Witchingham attack with some
fine stroke play, particularly from former Suffolk skipper Huggins who
ended up with 73 not out from 83 balls, including 11 fours and three
Dark clouds had been gathering for some time and
when Huggins hit the winning runs in the 23rd over the rain started to
fall heavily and the players had to run from the field.
Witchingham will certainly need to buck their ideas up for their next game, with Swardeston visiting Walcis Park on Saturday.
Horsford win derby after being bowled out for 101
Horsford recorded a thrilling seven-run victory over Vauxhall Mallards on a tough day for the batsmen at Manor Park.
The home side must have feared the worst after being dismissed for
just 101, with Paul Bradshaw and Brett Stolworthy both taking three
wickets and Ben France producing the eye-catching figures of 10-2-10-2.
But as it turned out the low total, which featured a fine
46 from Stephan Marillier, proved just about enough. Mallards were
skittled out for only 94 in 35.3 overs as Ryan Findlay took 5-26 and
Chris Brown and Chris Read weighed with two wickets apiece.
Norwich slid to a seven wicket defeat in a rain-affected
game at Burwell, which saw the hosts comfortably chase down a revised
target of 192 in 37 overs. Norwich had made 221-9 from their full
allocation, a score that was built around a 91-run stand between Will
O’Donnell (56) and Ashley Watson (40).
Source: EDP Sport Cricket Homepage - http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/cricket