All-rounder sparkles as Sprowston get their season up and running

Joe Gatting batting for Swardeston against Vauxhall Mallards in the EAPL. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Joe Gatting batting for Swardeston against Vauxhall Mallards in the EAPL. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Sprowston came through a thrilling encounter with Garboldisham to get their Norfolk Alliance Premier Division campaign up and running.

Having lost their opening game to newly promoted Acle, Sprowston went into the weekend needing a boost and they got it as they squeezed home by five runs against last year's runners-up.

The undoubted star of the show was all-rounder Sri Tenjarla who made 55 as the hosts scrambled their way up to 173 all out and then took 5-35 as Garboldisham were dismissed for 168.

Looking at home at a higher level, Acle made it two wins out of two when they travelled to defending champions Brooke and came away with a second successive win.

It was a reasonably comfortable success too, with the visitors winning by four wickets with 10 overs to spare after bowling the opposition out for 176.

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Skipper John Habershon top scored for Brooke with 39 while Andrew Spaxman took four wickets, with the Acle response being led by Tom Wilson (52) and Geoff Handley (47).

There wasn't any rain about on Saturday – but that didn't prevent one top flight match from being abandoned. The early finish came at Downham, with the umpires deeming that the light was too poor to allow Cromer to safely complete their reply.

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It was frustrating for Downham who had made an impressive 291-7 before reducing their visitors to 206-7 in the 43rd over when a halt was called. Alex Stewart (97) and Jack Gould (73 not out) were the mainstays of the home innings while David Turner made 64 for Cromer.

The other top flight fixture saw Old Buckenham beat North Runcton by four wickets after restricting them to 163-8. Norfolk player Ben Coote scored an unbeaten 77 for Runcton while James Heaney and Andy Lawrence saw the Bucks home with an unbeaten stand of 45.

Newly promoted pair Bradfield and Thetford both made it two wins out of two in Division One.

Bradfield had it pretty much their own way, winning by nine wickets after bowling Lowestoft out for 99 at the Denes Oval, while Thetford overhauled Swardeston A's total of 205-9 for the loss of four wickets with just two balls to spare (Ray Smeed 46 not out).

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