Wiseman’s stars are ready to rise in East

Norwich skipper Paul Wiseman is looking forward to an improved second half of the East Anglian Premier League campaign after morale-boosting results in recent games.

The bottom-of-the-table side, who put their first win of the season on the board against Saffron Walden, followed up with a draw againstleague leaders Great Witchingham at the weekend.

It was the perfect way of getting a poor showing in a 100-run defeat by fellow strugglers Halstead out of the system.

'The Halstead game was one we had targeted and we got stuffed so it was a bit of a wake-up call for everyone,' said Wiseman.

The Saffron Walden victory was by followed by a dramatic Norfolk Twenty20 Cup victory over Vauxhall Mallards with a ball to spare and then Saturday's draw against the leaders, who replied with 136 for five after Norwich had posted 240 in a rain-affected game at Ingham.

'We are taking that result as a positive. We got 13 points out of it and we batted well,' said Wiseman. 'The mood has been lifted. We are playing better cricket and we are a bit more confident in our approach.'

Next up for Norwich are matches away to second-placed Horsford tomorrow, followed by the visit of third-placed Swardeston.

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Last season Norwich hauled themselves away from danger to finish 45 points clear of Fakenham, who were relegated to the Norfolk Alliance.

'We have tended to get stronger in the second half of the season, although I can't put my finger on the reason why,' said Wiseman.

He praised the batting of Harry Bush, who has been facing some top-class opponents in UCCE action for Leeds University, and followed up his unbeaten 60 against Saffron Walden with 81 against Witchingham.

'He bats properly. He hits the bad balls and doesn't try to hit the good ones,' said Wiseman.

Former Halvergate medium-pacer Tom Booth had also shown a good attitude after stepping up from the Norwich A team to open the bowling.

'He has come in in the last couple of weeks. He is still finding his feet at the moment but he has done quite well.'

Norfolk all-rounder Chris Borrett has also underlined his value to the team.

'He has done well with the ball and is always good for a few runs as well,' said Wiseman.

Witchingham visit Swardeston in the EAPL tomorrow, while Mallards travel to Saffron Walden.