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Disappointment for Norwich as Saffron Walden win EAPL play-off final

PUBLISHED: 09:29 23 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 23 September 2018

Chris Borrett was the outstanding performer on a disappointing day for Norwich. Picture: Tim Ferley

Chris Borrett was the outstanding performer on a disappointing day for Norwich. Picture: Tim Ferley

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Norwich have been relegated to the Norfolk Alliance after a seven-wicket defeat against Saffron Walden in the East Anglian Premier League play-off final.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Norwich’s openers struggled with both Jack Newby (2) and Martin Grellier (7) falling victim to Alex Hancock, who went on to claim six wickets.

Only Chris Borrett offered much resistance as he tried to steady the innings with a well made 57 from 75 balls before Mihir Chandraker took his wicket.

Norwich finished on 156 all out as Chandraker struck again, bowling Jamie Mirner (13) in the 46th over.

The weather then intervened and the hosts were set a revised target of 142 from 40 overs.

It proved to be well within Walden’s grasp despite Ashley Watson claiming openers Stephen Larsen (0) and James Rushford (9) early in the innings. Giles Ecclestone came to the crease and his 85 from 90 balls, including three sixes, took his side to victory and ensured Walden will be playing in the East Anglian Premier League next season.


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