Great Witchingham batsmen prosper at Bury

East Anglian Premier League: Great Witchingham topped the 400-mark on Saturday – but it was not enough to earn victory at Bury St Edmunds.

Norfolk duo James Spelman and Sam Arthurton both hit 147 and featured in an incredible second wicket partnership of 265 as the Witches racked up a mammoth 414 for two.

It was not, however, a league record – Swardeston scored 423 against Vauxhall Mallards in 2002.

Arthurton was finally out after a 150-ball innings which featured 19 fours, while opener Spelman remained unbeaten, having faced 172 deliveries and hit 16 fours.

The punishment for Bury's bowlers did not end with Arthurton's dismissal as Tom Collishaw bludgeoned 53no from just 25 balls, including six sixes.

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There was early encouragement for Witchingham when Michael Seago removed Bury opener Mark Nunn, but Tom Huggins proved an immovable force as he fired 136no to steer the hosts towards safety.

They comfortably secured a draw, finishing on 250 for four from their 57 overs.

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Horsford took over at the top after inflicting a first defeat on league newcomers Copdock & Old Ipswichian.

The omens looked bad for Horsford as they slipped to 12 for three having chosen to bat first, but Australian duo Chris Sabburg and James Wild led the recovery with a stand of 97.

Wild made 49 and Sabburg was caught on the boundary six short of his century, but the pair's efforts allowed Horsford to reach 218 all out.

Copdock put on 47 for the first wicket before Ben Watson ran Adrian Nel out, then trapped Reuben Sharpe lbw and soon afterwards had Jed Cawkwell caught behind.

It was then over to the spinners as Sabburg claimed three for 20 and Chris Brown and Wild took two wickets each to bowl the hosts out for 122 in the 39th over.

Fourteen-year-old Callum Taylor made an impressive EAPL debut for Swardeston as they moved up to second with a 69-run win at home to reigning champions Cambridge Granta.

Swardeston were in trouble at 13 for three when opener Taylor was joined by Jeremy Elliott and the pair added 129 for the fourth wicket. Taylor's 60 came from 123 balls and included five fours and a six, while Elliott made 70 from 86 balls as Swardeston posted 226 all out.

Simon Dyer made an early breakthrough for Swardeston and returned at the death to add two more wickets and wrap up the innings, with Granta all out for 157. There were also three wickets apiece for George Walker and skipper Mark Thomas.

Vauxhall Mallards claimed a draw in a hard-fought game at Sudbury.

The hosts were bowled out for 255 in the 64th over, skipper Darren Batch missing out on a century by one run. He was one of three victims for Mallards skipper Paul Bradshaw, with fellow opening bowler Martin Addison also claiming a trio of scalps.

Opener Carl Amos hit 73 for Mallards and Ali Shearer added 41 as Mallards were left needing 27 to win from the last two overs with three wickets remaining. They lost two more wickets to close on 234 for nine.

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