Great Witchingham go top of East Anglian Premier League

Phil BanyardGreat Witchingham moved into pole position in the EAPL after Carl Rogers shone again in a five-wicket win at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.Chasing a victory target of 177, Witchingham's prolific opening pair of Rogers and skipper James Spelman (33) put them on track with a stand of 84.Phil Banyard

Great Witchingham moved into pole position in the EAPL after Carl Rogers shone again in a five-wicket win at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

Chasing a victory target of 177, Witchingham's in-form opening pair of Rogers and skipper James Spelman (33) put them on track with a stand of 84. Rogers was dismissed for 61 and, after a brief mid-order wobble, Tom Collishaw (27no) and James Page (18no) shared a partnership of 44 to steer the visitors home.

Earlier, overseas opening bowlers Bardo Fransman and Sebastian Logan, bowling in tandem in the league for the first time, had each taken three wickets to help restrict the hosts to 176 for nine.

Previous leaders Horsford were displaced after they were forced to battle for a draw at Burwell.

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The home side were without former Horsford star Grant Flower, who was on Essex duty, but still managed an impressive 261 for nine from their 66 overs, Frans Johannes Bester making 55.

Horsford's bowling effort was reliant on skipper Chris Brown and near namesake Chris Browne, who each took three wickets.

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Jonny Atkinson hit 44 for Horsford, but their reply was undermined when Bester removed Australian Chris Sabburg for just one and they finished on 186 for seven.

Fakenham moved off the bottom with their first win of the season, a six-wicket triumph at Clacton.

Angus Stuart and Gayan Wijekoon gave Fakenham the perfect start as they tore through the Clacton top order, leaving them 31 for six.

The hosts limped to 80 all out in the 39th over before Fakenham also suffered a nightmare start, losing James Hill and James Brown, both without scoring.

But Wijekoon (37) joined forces with Sanjaya Rodrigo (27) and their stand of 58 proved decisive as Fakenham won in the 24th over.

Champions Vauxhall Mallards drew with Cambridge Granta in a closely-fought contest at Brundall.

Mallards looked set for a straightforward victory when the visitors were reduced to 53 for six, Paul Bradshaw and Richard Moores claiming four of the early victims between them.

But Harry Beddows (73) led a lower order revival for Granta and they mustered a total of 185 all out, Moores finishing with three for 45.

At 113 for three and with New Zealand Test player James Marshall going well, Mallards seemed firmly on course. But Granta skipper Jason Coleman removed Marshall for 40 and went to take five wickets as the hosts finished eight runs short of victory with eight wickets down.

George Walker and number 10 Michael Eccles both hit career best scores as Swardeston dominated proceedings in their draw at Halstead.

Walker (77) and Eccles (47no) added 65 for the ninth wicket to boost Swardeston's score to 261 for nine, after they had been in trouble at 162 for eight.

Seamer Sam Thelwell then continued his promising early season form, collecting four wickets, but Halstead just managed to show enough resistance as they closed on 181 for nine.

Norwich slumped to the bottom of the table after an eight-wicket mauling at Saffron Walden.

Harry Bush and Sam Noster both hit half-centuries for Norwich, but it needed a spirited 31 from number 10 Jonathan Wills to help them to a total of 199 all out.

Paul Wiseman struck an early blow for Norwich in the hosts' reply, but a crushing partnership of 170 for the second wicket between Tom George (80) and Giles Ecclestone (101no) took the game decisively away from the visitors.

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