Vauxhall Mallards aim to build on flying start in East Anglian Premier League

Vauxhall Mallards stole a march on their rivals by winning their opening match on Saturday – and this weekend they have their sights set on a double date at Brundall.

Mallards beat reigning champions Cambridge Granta on a rain-affected opening day, one of only three matches in the East Anglian Premier League to reach a conclusion.

Tomorrow, Mallards, who reinforced their squad over the winter, host Clacton in the league and then on Sunday they face old rivals Swardeston in the Kingfisher Beer Cup – formerly the National Club Championship.

Swardeston hope to get their league campaign up and running tomorrow at home to Bury, who were bowled out for just 57 by league newcomers Copdock and Old Ipswichian on Saturday. Swardeston were spared making the trip to Clacton when their game was called off on Friday.

Horsford were one wicket away from victory last weekend – a result which would have earned them five points more than Mallards as they batted first. As it was, Chris Brown's men had to settle for a draw and just 13 points instead of 30, but the skipper took heart from an encouraging display, in particular by Matt Spenceley, who registered his maiden EAPL century.

Brown said: 'He came into the side at the end of last year when Matthew Warnes broke his hand and did well. I said to him over the winter that I would give him the opportunity to open the batting this year and he played beautifully, it was a chanceless innings on quite a difficult pitch.'

On Sunday, Horsford travel to Great Witchingham in the Kingfisher Beer Cup.

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There were no completed games in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division last weekend, and tomorrow the full programme of fixtures gets underway in all seven Alliance divisions.

n See tomorrow's EDP for a full list of the weekend's fixtures