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EAPL preview: Fine chance for Witches to build on good form against struggling Bury

Jack Newby scored an unbeaten 128 for Norwich last weekend - but still ended up on the losing side at Great Witchingham Picture: Tim Ferley

Jack Newby scored an unbeaten 128 for Norwich last weekend - but still ended up on the losing side at Great Witchingham Picture: Tim Ferley

Tim Ferley

Second place is within reach for in-form Great Witchingham, if they can avoid a banana skin at Bury St Edmunds.

The Witches travel to the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League’s bottom side with four wins in their last five games having moved them up to fourth and withing six points of second-placed Frinton-on-Sea.

With Frinton travelling to third-placed Burwell & Exning there is a real chance for Witchingham to climb the table when they travel to Bury, who have won just one of their 12 games.

Last weekend the Witches beat Norwich at home with four wickets to spare, with an unbeaten 111 from opener James Spelman setting up a successful chase of the visitors’ 233-8.

Swardeston have slipped to an unfamiliar fifth position, with the seven-time EAPL champions two points further back following a home draw with Mildenhall last weekend, leaving them with one win from their last five games.

Joe Gatting’s side travel to lowly Cambridge Granta, who have won only one of their last seven games to sit third from bottom at the halfway point of the season.

Vauxhall Mallards moved about Granta last weekend when they beat them by 97 runs at Clare College, securing a fourth consecutive victory.

The Ducks go in search of a fifth when they travel to Ingham to face Norwich in a derby clash, who are looking to bring an end to a run of four games without success.

Horsford travel to mid-table rivals Mildenhall looking to end back-to-back defeats following a narrow one-wicket loss at high-flying Burwell last time out.

• Defending champions Downham Town are 49 points clear at the top of the Cecil Amey Opticians Norfolk Alliance Premier Division ahead of tomorrow’s trip to third-from-bottom Old Buckenham.

The game of the day is likely to be at North Runcton though, where the hosts take on Fakenham with the teams tied on points in second and third place.

Fakenham have won four on the spin and checked Downham’s title tilt with a 61-run home victory over the leaders last Saturday whereas Runcton have slipped to back-to-back losses.

Division One leaders Thetford host Vauxhall Mallards seconds looking to maintain their five-point lead over Dereham.


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