Frinton-on-sea CC have been confirmed as EAPL Champions 2019 after beating Mildenhall in their penultimate match of the season.
After making 259-9 in their 50 overs
Frinton bowled their hosts out for just 156, with Norfolk skipper Ashley
Watson taking 4-38, to render next weekend's final round of matches of
academic interest only.
Swardeston did all they could by
beating Saffron Walden by 45 runs - but the damage had been done in the
previous match at The Common, which the visitors won by four wickets to
put themselves firmly in the driving seat.
There were good
contributions from Peter Lambert (53), Alfie Cooper (46) and Gatting
(44) as Swardeston got up to 269-9 on Saturday. Saffron Walden made a
decent fist of the run chase, with Finn Karsten making 63 in 54 balls,
but were always struggling to keep up with the required rate and ended
up being dismissed for 224 in the 39th over. Cooper took six wickets
although he was expensive, going for 66 runs in his 10 overs.
The result of the day came at Walcis Park where Vauxhall Mallards
recorded an excellent 63 run success over Great Witchingham in their
final away match before disbanding.
Club chairman Paul Bradshaw
opened the batting and hit 13 fours in a memorable 88 to help the team
that means so much to him reach a commendable 237-7 against Great
Witchingham. It looked as though the veteran was heading for a well
deserved maiden century in the EAPL but with three figures in sight he
was caught by keeper Sam Groves off the bowling of second eleven spinner
Harry Leggoe, who ended up with three wickets.
Bradshaw received good support from skipper Adam Todd, who smashed 51 in 31 balls, and Tom Miller, who made 31.
reply opener Sam Groves carried his bat for 66 and put on 74 for the
seventh wicket with Andy Hanby (43) but with James Bridges and Archie
Bradnock both taking three wickets the Witches fell well short on 175.
a second league win of the season under their belts Mallards will now
be aiming to bow out with all guns blazing on Saturday when they welcome
Copdock to Halvergate.
Horsford's good season continued when they
made 227-9 at Copdock and then bowled their hosts out in under 17 overs
for 41, with Thomas Nudd taking 6-24 and Oscar Binny 4-11.
visitors had recovered from 8-3 to post a decent total, thanks largely
to a stand of 93 for the fifth wicket between Stephan Marillier (91) and
Ryan Findlay (63).