Swardeston miss a chance to stretch their lead

East Anglian Premier League cricket Swardeston ( Mohammed Wajihuddin batting ) against Great Witchin

East Anglian Premier League cricket Swardeston ( Mohammed Wajihuddin batting ) against Great Witchingham. Photo:Steve Adams

Swardeston missed an opportunity to put some daylight between themselves and one of their main title rivals as an excellent performance from overseas star Mohammad Wajihuddin went unrewarded.

The Pakistani all-rounder took five wickets before adding 85 runs to his personal tally, but it was not enough to prevent Cambridge Granta coming away from The Common with a precious 39-run victory.

The visitors, who had stars of their own in the shape of Max Holden and Scott Copperfield, cut Swardeston's advantage at the top to just 19 points as a result – and with Copdock & Ipswichian just a couple of points further back in third, an exciting climax to the season looks on the cards.

Granta's all out total of 272 was built around a superb 137 from Holden which included 15 fours and three sixes. No-one else got above 40 as the hosts kept plugging away, with Wajihuddin taking 5-75 and Michael Eccles 4-67.

A third-wicket partnership of 134 between Jordan Taylor (51) and Wajihuddin then looked to have put Swardeston in the driving seat but once the stand was broken it was the visitors, and Copperfield in particular, who took control.

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The Australian all-rounder finished with the impressive figures of 8-69 as Mark Thomas' side collapsed from 168-2 to 223 all out to make it four defeats this season.

At the other end of the table it was a mixed day for Horsford and Norwich as rivals Bury St Edmunds picked up an impressive win against Woolpit.

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Horsford showed true grit to edge home by three wickets in a derby clash at Great Witchingham to maintain their advantage over the bottom team but Norwich fell agonisingly short in their victory bid, with a frustrating draw leaving them two points behind their Norfolk rivals.

The Witches batted first at Walcis Park and looked in decent shape after making 253-5.

James Spelman and Sam Arthurton gave their side a good start with an opening stand of 66 but the stars of the show were James Hale (89 not out) and Johannes Diseko (58no) who put on an unbroken 117 for the sixth wicket.

The hard-hitting Stephan Marillier set up Horsford's victory bid with an innings of 85 in 99 balls which included seven fours and four sixes, but it needed some determined batting lower down the order to see them home off the second ball of the 56th over. Robbie Bridgstock led the way with an unbeaten 59 while Ryan Findlay and Tim Alexander provided important support with 15 apiece.

Over at Halvergate Norwich batted well to reach 278-7, thanks largely to a partnership of 175 between Sanjah Mishra, who made exactly 100, and Ashley Watson, who finished with 83.

It gradually became clear that the home side were not going to win the game, but they were determined not to lose it either and hung on grimly at the end to finish on 186-9.

The final pair of Zashan Arshad and Adam Todd faced a total of 58 balls between them while scoring just six runs to ensure the Ducks came away with something from the match.

Watson took 4-34 for Norwich.

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