Rain has the final say on a frustrating day


- Credit: Archant Norfolk

Great Witchingham were the only Norfolk side to see action in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League as rain wrecked the programme for the first time this season.

With four games called off and another abandoned early on the only meaningful cricket took place at Copdock and Ipswichian where an entertaining encounter was played out before the weather had the final say.

Having lost some time to the rain the home side set about their innings in enterprising fashion and reached an impressive 251 for two before declaring in the 40th over.

After slipping to 52 for two Martyn Cull and Cody Chetty took the game by the scruff of the neck, putting together an unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 199. Cull had made 135 off balls when the declaration came while Chetty's contribution was 78 in 81 balls.

Great Witchingham also scored quickly in reply, with in-form Norfolk opener Sam Arthurton leading the way. After getting the innings off to a solid start in the familiar company of James Spelman (29) he then shrugged off several cheap dismissals at the other end to put on 95 for the fifth wicket, with Johannes Diseko before being dismissed just five short of a century. Diseko was still there on 42 when the game was abandoned, with the Witches on 216 for six.

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An attractive looking fixture between an in-form Vauxhall Mallards and leaders Swardeston fell by the wayside, as did another derby involving Norwich and Horsford.

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