East Anglian Premier League: Todd has big say with bat and ball for Vauxhall Mallards
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Mitchell Todd played key roles with both bat and ball as Vauxhall Mallards maintained their promising start to the new Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League season.
The all-rounder took three wickets without conceding a single run as Frinton were skittled out for just 78 and then saw his side home to a comfortable nine wicket victory in the company of rising star Olly Stone. The home side's decision to bat first backfired badly, with the evergreen Paul Bradshaw ripping through the top order on his way to the superb figures of 5-21. With Todd then mopping up the tail in the most emphatic fashion imaginable there was no way back for Frinton, with Todd unbeaten on 32 and Stone, given permission to play by his county Northants, on 34.
With two successive victories behind them after a complete wash-out on the opening day Mallards are one of three sides to have made a flying start, with Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge Granta also having secured two wins on the trot.
Defending champions Swardeston were unable to join them after having to settle for a draw in a rain-affected game at The Common.
Opponents Woolpit were able to bat for their entire allocation of 64 overs and reached 223-9, thanks largely to partnership of 118 for the third wicket between Ben Cooper, who went on to make 113, and Michael Rippon. Michael Eccles took 3-47 while Joe Gatting and Jeremy Elliot weighed in with two apiece.
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Swardeston slipped to 123-7 in reply but skipper Mark Thomas (35 not out) led the recovery and his side were 177-8 when time ran out with only 38 overs having been bowled.
It has been a poor start to the season for Norwich, who failed to build on an impressive bowling performance against Bury.
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Ashley Watson's side looked on course for a bumper haul of points when they dismissed Bury for just 117 at Ingham. Will O'Donnell took 4-16 in just four overs as the visitors struggled in tricky conditions, with only Simon Mathorpe (37) and Callum Taylor (32) making significant contributions. The latter's innings wasn't a patch on his 129 on his debut, but the former Swardeston youngster's knock was important none-the-less.
Scoring runs proved even more difficult for Norwich and despite a brave innings from Oly Higenbottam, who made 35, they fell 28 runs short of their modest target as they were skittled out for just 89.
The weather had the final say at Manor Park to spoil what looked like being an interesting finish to the match between Horsford and Copdock and Ipswichian. A solid if unspectacular effort, with plenty of batsmen getting in but none making a big score, helped the hosts to 173 all out in 64 overs. Norfolk skipper Chris Brown top scored with 37, with a seventh wicket partnership of 44 with Ryan Findlay (19) helping them up to a defendable total.
Copdock were looking good, but no means secure, at 73-2 after 24 overs when the heavy rain arrived.
It was a similar story at Walcis Park, although this one was more of a hard luck story. Having dismissed Burwell for 166 (Brenton McDonald 5-22), Great Witchingham had moved to within 18 of their target with just five wickets down when play was halted after earlier rain.