Fiery Moores helps Mallards to first win
Vauxhall Mallards picked up their first league win of the season on a rain affected day in the EAPL.Mallards beat Norwich by six wickets at Ingham after bowling the hosts out for just 90 - and with two games abandoned because of the weather, Paul Bradshaw's side jumped up to third in the table behind the day's other winners, Swardeston and Cambridge Granta.
Vauxhall Mallards picked up their first league win of the season on a rain affected day in the EAPL.
Mallards beat Norwich by six wickets at Ingham after bowling the hosts out for just 90 - and with two games abandoned because of the weather, Paul Bradshaw's side jumped up to third in the table behind the day's other winners, Swardeston and Cambridge Granta.
Norwich batted first on Saturday but in bowler friendly conditions, their top order were simply no match for Mallards opening duo Rob Frylinck and Richard Moores.
They removed the top six batsmen, all for single figure scores, with only 23 runs on the board.
As in the Carter Cup last weekend, Sri Lankan Surappulige Malinga rescued the Norwich effort, making 37 before he became another one of Moores' five victims.
Malinga then dismissed Carl Amos and Luke Newton early in the Mallards' reply, but Frylinck made a useful 25 with the bat and Peter Free guided the visitors home with an unbeaten 42.
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Mallards' day was soured slightly as Bradshaw made an unsuccessful attempt to shrug off a hamstring injury, managing to deliver just one ball in the Norwich innings before having to withdraw from the attack.
Swardeston are the only side with a 100pc record after three games as they took advantage of Fakenham's batting weaknesses to win at home by 77 runs.
The hosts were in trouble early on as Ian Slegg removed both openers, Matthew Kelly and Will Rist, cheaply.
It was a struggle for all of the batsmen, apart from Jaden Hatwell, who hit 88 to guide Swardeston to a total of 155 all out in 45 overs. Slegg finished with six wickets, while Shaun Cooper mopped up the remaining four.
Fakenham's top three batsmen had failed to score a run between them in the previous two league games and although they broke that hoodoo, they did not help their own cause as Paul Dunger was run out for four to hand Swardeston the initiative.
Ben Harvey battled valiantly for 25, but the biggest blow for Fakenham came when captain and leading runscorer Michael Smith was trapped lbw by Shaun Bailey having made just seven.
Hatwell tore out the Fakenham middle order, rounding off his fine individual display with figures of six for 15 as the visitors were all out for 78.
Great Witchingham suffered their second consecutive defeat as they were beaten by eight wickets at Cambridge Granta.
Witchingham batted first and started solidly, with Norfolk duo Carl Rogers (24) and James Spelman (37) putting on 49 for the first wicket.
After they had both gone and Ryan Taylor was dismissed without scoring, father and son pair Shaun and Sam Arthurton steadied the ship, Shaun making 40 and Sam adding to his opening day half-century with another impressive knock of 41. But the lower order were unable to contribute much and Witchingham closed on 166 for eight.
New Zealander Lance Shaw accounted for both Granta openers, but by then the hosts were already well on course to chase down their target.
And Granta went on to win without further loss, as Tom Harvey and South African Jacques Du Toit both hit half-centuries.
Horsford's game at Clacton and the match between Bury and Godmanchester were both victims of the weather.