Vauxhall Mallards’ big total proves just enough

Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League: More than 600 runs were scored in a closely fought encounter at Brundall on Saturday as Vauxhall Mallards' 100pc record was blunted in a draw with Clacton.

Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League: Mallards chose to bat first and after the early departure of David Turner, their batsmen prospered, with three of the top four making half-centuries.

Carl Amos (82) and Richard Moores (64) shared in a second-wicket stand of 127, before Gerrie Snyman took up the baton in sensational fashion. He hammered nine sixes, finishing with 74 from 46 balls as Mallards racked up 314 for seven from 64 overs.

Clacton found batting equally comfortable and their openers put on 125 before Mallards began to claw their way back into the game. Australian off-spinner Simon Potger claimed four wickets as the visitors reached 246 for seven, before Ryan Chamberlain (34no) and Glen Barnard (30no) began to push Clacton close to their target. They ultimately ran out of time, finishing nine runs short of victory on 306 for seven.

Norfolk skipper George Walker led Swardeston to a 182-run victory at Sudbury after New Zealander Joel Abraham had earlier scored a century for the visitors.

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Swardeston opted to bat first and 21-year-old Abraham fired 115 from 130 balls, including 19 fours and a six and he shared in a fourth wicket stand of 106 with Ian Tufts (59). Skipper Mark Thomas provided some late order impetus with a 21-ball innings of 47, including three sixes, as Swardeston declared on 314 for eight from 61 overs.

Sam Thelwell immediately put Sudbury on the back foot as he trapped opener Alistair Younger lbw for a second-ball duck and soon afterwards Michael Eccles made it 11 for two.

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It was then over to the spinners as Jaden Hatwell (two for 23) and Walker (five for 24) reduced Sudbury to 112 for nine, with Eccles returning to deliver the killer blow in the 40th over.

Great Witchingham were the third Norfolk club to reach 300 on Saturday as Carl Rogers' century helped them win impressively by 156 runs at Saffron Walden.

Walden put their visitors into bat, but were unable to force a breakthrough as James Spelman (44) and Rogers produced an opening stand of 87. Rogers and Sam Arthurton then added 152 for the second wicket, Arthurton continuing his fine early season form with 73.

Rogers went on to make 119no from 174 balls, with 17 fours and a six as Witchingham declared on 300 for four.

Ryan McCone then picked up three wickets and there was one for South African debutant Andrew Dyer, but James Hale was the bowling hero, claiming five for 45 to bowl Walden out for 144 and ruin their 100pc start to the season.

Horsford crushed Halstead by 206 runs after an excellent team performance at Manor Park.

The runs in Horsford's total of 250 for seven were evenly shared around, with half-centuries for Daniel Clark (51) and Matthew Wilkinson (56no).

Michael Warnes struck with the first ball of the Halstead reply and the visitors never recovered their composure as the wickets, like the runs, were evenly distributed throughout the Horsford attack. Warnes and Luke Caswell bagged three victims each and there were two apiece for spinners Ryan Findlay and Chris Brown as Halstead capitulated to 44 all out.

Norwich's miserable start to the campaign worsened with a 150-run defeat at Cambridge Granta, who won for the first time this year.

Ashley Watson took three wickets for the visitors but Granta were able to reach 272 for five, with half-centuries from Ben Ackland (78), Jonny Atkinson (91) and Craig Park (51).

The Norwich reply started solidly with openers Oliver Higenbottam (46) and Erik Laubscher (33) putting on 76 but it tailed away dramatically and Chris Borrett (17) was the only other batsman to reach double figures. Norwich were all out for 122 and sink to the bottom of the table.

Justin Bishop fired a century as Bury claimed a draw at Burwell.

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