Spelman toast of Mallards
KEITH PEEL Seldom can such a low-scoring cricket match have produced such drama and remarkable statistics. Records will simply show that Vauxhall Mallards beat Mildenhall by one wicket on Saturday in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.
Seldom can such a low-scoring cricket match have produced such drama and remarkable statistics. Records will simply show that Vauxhall Mallards beat Mildenhall by one wicket on Saturday in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.
Enthralled spectators at Wamil Way will relate that:
Bottom team Mildenhall were all out for 111, of which Peter Worthington scored 51.
Richard Moores bagged four for 25 in 16 overs, but his wickets all came in one 10-ball spell.
Martin Addison included a hat-trick in his four for 47.
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Worthington claimed seven for 45 as Mallards crumbled to 80 for nine in reply.
They were steered to victory by an unbroken 32-run stand between James Spelman and Addison.
Spelman, who had opened the innings, finished with 63 after being at the crease for 52.1 overs.
Addison, with nine, was Mallards' next highest-scoring batsman, with 20 of their other runs coming via extras.
Mallards move up a place to seventh in the table, just above Fakenham, who lost by two wickets at third-placed Clacton, while Norwich are fifth after a seven-wicket defeat by champions-elect Bury St Edmunds.
With only four fixtures left, Bury are now 53 points ahead of nearest rivals Swardeston, who strengthened their challenge for runners-up spot with an 84-run win over Godmanchester.
Horsford are sixth after losing to Cambridge Granta by 125 runs.
Rising star Robert Newton scored his maiden EAPL century as Swardeston amassed a daunting 317 for four declared.
Northants Academy prospect Newton hit exactly 100 and put on 82 for the fourth wicket with Jaden Hatwell (78), who with Richard Sims (69) had added 102 for the third wicket.
Michael Eccles then bagged four wickets, with skipper Mark Thomas and George Walker claiming three each, as Godmanchester were dismissed for 233, of which Craig Park made 73 and Paul Swannell 48.
Andrew Tweedie took four for 37 and Justin Bishop three for 31 as Norwich were dismissed for 146 at Ingham, where Matthew Ede was their top scorer with 46. Paul Grayson (60 not) and Tom Huggins (59) led the 149 for three reply.
Cambridge Granta posted 269 for eight at Manor Park, where Jason Coleman and Jacques Du Toit both scored 70, Matt Sanders 54 and Sean Park 50.
Norfolk spinner Chris Brown, the leading EAPL wicket-taker, advanced his tally to 48 with three for 76.
But he was then overshadowed by Tom Harvey, who took seven for 41 as Horsford were bowled out for 144, of which Matthew Warnes made 41 and Craig Thyssen 35.
David Wells contributed 54 and Stephen Gray 47 to Fakenham's 226-run total at Vista Road.
Karl Mildenhall (94 not) spearheaded Clacton's 230 for eight response.
Fixtures next Saturday (11am starts): Cambridge Granta v Norwich, Clacton v Vauxhall Mallards, Fakenham v Bury, Godmanchester v Horsford, Mildenhall v Swardeston.