Mallards eye a stronger second half

Vauxhall Mallards will look to build on the confidence gained from last week's win over Horsford when they tackle Clacton at Brundall tomorrow in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Vauxhall Mallards will look to build on the confidence gained from last week's win over Horsford when they tackle Clacton at Brundall tomorrow in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Mallards endured a frustrating start to their league campaign and had won just once before Saturday.

However, with most other games abandoned at the weekend, their nine-wicket victory over Horsford put them up to fifth and right in amongst the pack chasing Swardeston and Bury.

Even though the season is only at the halfway stage, Mallards will be hard-pushed to reel in the top two, although a strong second half of the campaign could at least give Paul Bradshaw's side the consolation of third place.


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They will face a Clacton side who have plummeted down the league in recent weeks after a strong start to the season.

Leaders Swardeston travel to Cambridge to take on an enigmatic Granta side, who were capable of wins against Horsford, Great Witchingham and Mallards in the first round of games, but who were also the only team to lose to Fakenham.

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Fakenham are now 20 points adrift at the bottom and there is little light at the end of the tunnel for them, as they host Bury tomorrow, followed by a trip to Norwich and then a home game against Swardeston.

Weak batting displays have been their downfall and they must do better tomorrow against a Bury attack led by 21-wicket Andrew Tweedie, who took seven for 27 in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season.

Norwich will have revenge in mind when they travel to Walcis Park tomorrow to take on Great Witchingham.

EAPL newcomers Witchingham set the tone for their excellent first half of the season by beating Norwich on the opening day and Chris Borrett's side have, like Granta, been consistently inconsistent.

Another team looking to make a fresh start after a disappointing opening are Horsford and tomorrow Paul Newman's side are at Godmanchester.

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