Leaders Horsford hoping to foil Flower

Horsford know all about the capabilities of former Zimbabwe international Grant Flower - but finding a way to stop him is quite a different matter. Flower, pictured, played for Horsford during the club's first EAPL campaign in 2006, but tomorrow he will be lining up against the league leaders for his new club, Burwell.

Horsford know all about the capabilities of former Zimbabwe international Grant Flower - but finding a way to stop him is quite a different matter.

Flower, pictured, played for Horsford during the club's first EAPL campaign in 2006, but tomorrow he will be lining up against the league leaders for his new club, Burwell. The Zimbabwean, brother of England coach Andy Flower, has already been in good form this year, hitting 77 against Vauxhall Mallards, along with a century for Essex on Sunday in a Clydesdale Bank 40 match.

Horsford are surprise leaders of the EAPL, with two wins before last week's rained-off match, but appearing ominously on their shoulder are Swardeston, who gained ground by drawing the only completed match on Saturday.

And Mark Thomas' men will fancy their chances of surpassing Horsford by tomorrow night, as they travel to struggling Halstead.


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Another team to have started strongly are Great Witchingham, with evergreen Norfolk skipper Carl Rogers in outstanding form for club and county. Witches captain James Spelman, Sam Arthurton and Tom Collishaw have also been in good touch, providing a formidable batting line-up which will be supplemented tomorrow for the first time by the combination of overseas opening bowlers Bardo Fransman and Sebastian Logan. Their arrival was delayed by the volcanic ash cloud, but they are likely to share the new ball in the league for the first time as Witchingham travel to Bury St Edmunds.

It has been a miserable start for Fakenham, who have been skittled out both times in their two defeats to date and tomorrow sees them make the long trip to Clacton.

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Norwich have made what has become their trademark slow start and they will be keen to inject some momentum as they head to Saffron Walden.

Champions Vauxhall Mallards are the only Norfolk side on home ground in the EAPL tomorrow, eyeing victory against Cambridge Granta to prevent an early gap developing between themselves and the leaders.

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