Addicott is perfect sub for Mallards
East Anglian Premier League: Glen Addicott made the most of his return to first team action as his all-round display helped Vauxhall Mallards stay in the title hunt with a 64-run win against bottom side Norwich.
South African Addicott played the first two games of the season, hitting a century and a half-century, before dropping down to the second team when Mallards' other overseas player, Gerrie Snyman, arrived.
But with Snyman in action for Namibia at the ICC Africa Region Division One Twenty20 in Uganda, Addicott was back in the first XI – and back in the thick of the action.
Norwich opted to bowl first and Addicott arrived at the crease with both openers having been dismissed early on. He proceeded to top score with 73 from 89 balls, including three sixes and 11 fours and featured in a fourth wicket stand of 67 with Pete Free (28). When Addicott departed, Ali Shearer maintained the momentum, hitting 62 as Mallards declared on 256 for eight from 65 overs. Ashley Watson was Norwich's leading bowler with three for 55.
Norwich's top three all made starts but failed to develop them into significant innings and when Paul Bradshaw dismissed Ben Wright and Harry Bush in quick succession, the tide turned in Mallards' favour.
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Addicott entered the attack and took three wickets in a five-over spell, including the key scalp of Norwich's top scorer Chris Borrett(36) .
Norwich were unable to resist and fell to 192 all out in the 52nd over.
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Swardeston remained top, 15 points clear, after a four-wicket win over Burwell as 16 wickets fell and just 169 runs were scored at The Common.
Burwell chose to bat first and they were immediately in trouble as Mark Thomas and Michael Eccles reduced them to 31 for four before the visitors added 37 for the fifth wicket. The recovery was halted by the Swardeston spinners as George Walker (four for 14) and Jaden Hatwell (two for 16) swept away the Burwell lower order in less than nine overs, with the visitors all out for 84 in the 28th over.
Swardeston, however, found batting equally difficult and were reeling at 18 for three. Jaden Hatwell calmed the nerves and added to his century against Burwell in the opening game of the season with a more cautious, but equally crucial, 31no as Swardeston reached their target with six wickets down in the 24th over.
Great Witchingham ended a three-game winless run with a 34-run victory over Bury St Edmunds at Walcis Park.
The Witches were put into bat and they struggled after the early loss of prolific openers James Spelman and Carl Rogers. It needed a top score of 29 from number 10 Sam Groves to help them to a total of 183 all out as Mark Nunn and Tom Rash took three wickets each.
Witchingham were without leading wicket-taker Ryan McCone, but they still managed to keep the Bury reply in check with regular wickets. Rogers (three for 21) helped put Witchingham firmly on top and Sam Arthurton provided the finishing touches as he ended the stout resistance of Rash (42) and finished with two for 12 to dismiss Bury for 149 in the 64th over.
Horsford had Jaik Mickleburgh back in their ranks, but even the Essex batsman could not help end their away hoodoo as they lost by five wickets at Cambridge Granta.
Mickleburgh, who is not involved in Essex's current County Championship match against Leicestershire, made 40 and there were other solid contributions from Reece O'Connell (37) and Luke Caswell (46) as Horsford were all out for 190 in the 64th over.
Caswell removed the Granta top three cheaply and Chris Brown made it 58 for four, but brothers Craig (80) and Sean (51no) Park set up victory for the home side in the 54th over.
Elsewhere, Clacton left Norwich stranded at the bottom as they beat Saffron Walden by seven wickets and Halstead batted out for a draw at home to Sudbury.
• Mallards' Gerrie Snyman hit 52no from 24 balls and took two wickets as Namibia maintained their unbeaten run at the ICC Africa tournament with a 174-run defeat of Ghana yesterday.
• Cambridge Granta (25pts) beat Horsford (8) by 5 wickets at Clare College
Horsford: N Perry Warnes c Beddows b Coleman 1, MR Warnes b Cowan 1, J Mickleburgh ct S Park b Hill 40, R O'Connell lbw Hill 37, L Caswell c Shah b S Park 46, C Spenceley lbw Hill 1, M Wilkinson c Beddows b Cowan 14, R Findlay c Fullarton b S Park 30, MW Warnes Not Out 7, C Brown b S Park 0, D Smith c Beddows b S Park 3: Extras 10. Total (63.5 overs) 190. Bowling: J Cowan 12-2-37-2, J Coleman 10-0-28-1, J Handley 7-0-20-0, L Hill 18-2-50-3, I Shah 13-2-40-0, S Park 3.5-0-13-4
Cambridge Granta: J Coleman c Perry Warnes b Caswell 1, J Atkinson lbw Caswell 11, A Fullarton c Findlay b Caswell 0, C Park c Spenceley b Brown 80, D Rice lbw Brown 16, S Park not out 51, J Handley not out 26; Extras 8. Total (5 wkts, 53.3 ovs) 193. Bowling: M Warnes 8-0-26-0, L Caswell 7-2-26-3, R Findlay 15.3-2-58-0, C Brown 16-2-47-2, R O'Connell 7-0-32-0
• Gt Witchingham (30) beat Bury St Edmunds (5) by 34 runs at Gt Witchingham
Great Witchingham: JM Spelman b Nunn 3, C Rogers b Nunn 4, S Arthurton jnr c Rees b Edwards 21, T Collishaw c McKinney b J Nunn 24, J Hale b Rash 18, R McCone b Rash 16, S Arthurton snr c Bishop b Huggins 8, J Page c Rees b Rash 2, JO Spelman c Rash b Wright 22, S Groves c Rees b Edwards 29, A Dyer not out 9; Extras 27. Total (62.2 overs) 183. Bowling: Philip Edwards 8.2-1-35-2, Mark J Nunn 12-1-52-3, Simon Rees 5-0-15-0, Tom Rash 14-2-34-3, Tom Huggins 18-9-28-1, Ethan Wright 5-0-13-1
Bury St Edmunds: T Huggins c S Arthurton snr b Hale 27, J Bishop lbw Dyer 4, S Harvey c McCone b JO Spelman 12, S Rees c S Arthurton snr b Hale 1, T Adams c S Arthurton snr b Rogers 20, T Rash c Rogers b S Arthurton jnr 42, M J Nunn c S Arthurton jnr b JM Spelman 9, P Edwards lbw Rogers 2, J McKinney c Groves b Rogers 0, E Wright lbw S Arthurton jnr 16, J Sturgeon not out 5; Extras 11; Total (63.5 overs) 149. Bowling: A Dyer 4-1-22-1, JM Spelman 13-2-35-1, JO Spelman 7-2-19-1 J Hale 17-4-35-2, C Rogers 18-9-21-3, S Arthurton jnr 4.5-1-12-2
• Vauxhall Mallards (30) beat Norwich (6) by 64 runs at Ingham
Vauxhall Mallards: C Amos c Wright b AA Watson 11, D Turner c Blake b Wiseman 5, R Moores lbw Wiseman 15, G Addicott c Borrett b Bush 73, P Free lbw AM Watson 28, A Shearer c Laubscher b AM Watson 62, S Potger c-b AM Watson 1, R Goodenough not out 28, P Bradshaw b Bush 0, E Brown not out 14; Extras 19. Total (8 wkts dec, 65 overs) 256. Bowling: AA Watson 14-2-54-1, P Wiseman 16-5-56-2, C Borrett 5-1-21-0, AM Watson 18-4-55-3, H Bush 12-2-54-2
Norwich: F Sutton lbw Moores 23, M Tipping c Moores b Potger 27, H Bush c Goodenough b Bradshaw 30, B Wright lbw Bradshaw 11, E Laubscher ro (Shearer) 8, C Borrett c Addison b Addicott 36, AM Watson c Turner b Addicott 25, T Goodley lbw Addicott 2, J Blake c Amos b Addison 24, AA Watson c Goodenough b Moores 0, P Wiseman not out 1; Extras 5. Total (51.5 overs) 192. Bowling: P Bradshaw 13-1-60-2, M Addison 13.5-2-42-1, R Moores 13-5-39-2, S Potger 7-0-36-1, G Addicott 5-2-11-3
• Swardeston (25) beat Burwell (3) by 4 wickets at The Common
Burwell: P Richer lbw Thomas 9, W Lawton b Eccles 8, F Johannes Bester b Thomas 8, P Summerskill c Rist b Eccles 0, G Goosen c Rist b Hatwell 31, T Afzal c Hatwell b Walker 22, D Jones st Rist b Walker 0, A Huckle c Sims b Hatwell 1, T Williams b Walker 0, M Bissett c M Eccles b Walker 0, M Chinery not out 0; Extras 5. Total (27.1 overs) 84. Bowling: M Eccles 8-1-26-2, M Thomas 8-0-27-2, G Walker 6-1-14-4, J Hatwell 5.1-1-16-2
Swardeston: J Abraham c Richer b Afzal 4, D Martin c Lawton b Johannes Bester 5, P Lambert lbw Afzal 3, J Hatwell Not Out 31, R Sims lbw Afzal 15, I Tufts c-b Afzal 12, J Cooper c Williams b Afzal 9, W Rist Not Out 4; Extras 2. Total (6 wkts, 23.1 overs) 85. Bowling: T Afzal 12-4-35-5, F Johannes Bester 7-0-32-1, A Huckle 4.1-0-17-0
• Clacton (148-3, 35.3 ovs, G Davson 47) beat Saffron Walden (145, 54.4 ovs, B France 3-33, S Gericke 3-22) by 7 wickets – Clacton 25pts, Saffron Walden 2.
• Halstead (185-6, 43.2 ovs, M Spatcher 42, C Smith 4-38) drew with Sudbury (274-7 dec, 64 ovs, H Fernando 139, J Phillips 61) – Halstead 8pts, Sudbury 16.