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Swardeston to fly the flag for Norfolk at ECB Royal London Club Championship

PUBLISHED: 09:51 08 June 2018

Swardeston will once again be flying the flag for Norfolk in the latter stages of the ECB’s Royal London Club Championship.

They came through their third round encounter at Saffron Walden with few alarms on Sunday while East Anglian Premier League colleagues Great Witchingham were being well beaten by Brentwood at Walcis Park.

Joe Gatting’s side now visit Brentwood on Sunday, June 24 with the winners of that one moving just one more victory away from a place in the quarter-finals of the national competition.

After being put into bat at Saffron Walden Swardeston scored at well over six an over to pile up 262-7 in their 40 overs. Gatting was the star man, falling just one short of what would have been a well deserved century after hitting 10 fours and five sixes.

Other useful contributions came from Lewis Denmark (46) and Callum Taylor (42).

The hosts struggled in reply and ended up losing by 91 runs after being dismissed for 171 in the 38th over.

A superb effort from young seamer Tom Oxley saw him take 3-8 in seven overs while Peter Lambert took 4-49 in six overs and two balls. Giles Ecclestone offered the only genuine resistance for the hosts by scoring 63.

Great Witchingham opted to bat first in their game but scoring runs proved a tricky business after the previous evening’s downpour, with the hosts only getting up to 162-7. The fact they got that high was largely down to quick-fire knocks from Mike Jones (47 in 42 balls) and Liam Channell (32 in 38).

Brentwood then followed up a fine display with the ball by impressing with the bat, sealing the victory with over 11 overs to spare for the loss of only two wickets.

Meanwhile the two most recent champions come face in the match of the day in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division tomorrow.

Brooke, who won the title in 2016, have home advantage against current champions Downham Town, who lead the way by 16 points this time around.

Brooke are 39 points adrift of their opponents going into the game but know a win would put them right back in the mix approaching the halfway stage of the campaign.

Second placed Stow visit Garboldisham tomorrow while there’s a big match at the bottom, with Acle hosting Old Buckenham.

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