East Anglian Premier League: Vauxhall Mallards on the up as they try to build on derby win against in-form Cambridge Granta

Mike Jones scored a century against Swardeston for Great Witchingham last week, who travel to Burwel

Mike Jones scored a century against Swardeston for Great Witchingham last week, who travel to Burwell tomorrow. Picture Tim Ferley - Credit: Tim Ferley

Vauxhall Mallards will look to build on their second win of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League season when they return home to Halvergate tomorrow.

The Ducks moved up to eighth place with a five-wicket victory over Norwich last weekend, with an unbeaten 43 from Mitchell Todd leading the way as Ali Shearer's side successfully chased their target of 155 at Ingham.

They face a tough challenge however, with fourth-placed Cambridge Granta arriving with four wins from their six matches so far, winning with six wickets to spare at home against Burwell last time out thanks chiefly to 106 from opener Dougie Rice.

There's derby action at Manor Park as Horsford host Norwich, who are searching for a second success of the campaign following their home loss to Mallards.

The hosts batted stubbornly to earn a draw at Frinton-on-Sea last Saturday, when a patient fifth-wicket stand of 77 from Stephen Marillier (69) and Robbie Bridgstock (38) went a long way to ensuring seven valuable points.

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Norwich will need to improve with the bat after seeing four of their batsman go for ducks in their five-wicket home defeat to Mallards, with opener Oli Higenbottam contributing 41 and skipper Ashley Waston 37 to a total of 155.

Reigning champions Swardeston are also at home and looking to improve after being held to a high scoring draw at Great Witchingham to halt their perfect start to the season.

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That result has allowed Sudbury to move 19 points clear at the top of the table with the only 100 per cent record remaining.

Mark Thomas's side welcome bottom-of-the-table Bury St Edmunds to The Common, looking to avoid an upset and keep their quest for a sixth successive EAPL title on track.

The champions saw Witchingham put on an impressive 295 for seven, with James Spelman and Mike Jones both scoring tons, but held out for a draw at 278 for nine with Stephen Gray top scoring with 84.

That entertaining match sends the third-placed Witches to Burwell in good heart – whose opener Thomas Yagot showed his class with a knock of 142 in defeat at local rivals Cambridge Granta last week – with a 19-point gap on Swardeston to try and close.

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