Bury and Clacton record first EAPL wins
BURY St Edmunds and Clacton recorded their first wins of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League season in dramatic style on Saturday.
Bury snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as Mark Nunn grabbed three wickets in six balls to secure a sensational four-run win at Swardeston.
Clacton bowled out visitors Horsford for 180 and held their nerve to secure a two-wicket win.
Bury travelled to Norfolk to face the 2009 champions who carried off the National 20/20 title last season.
Losing both Tom Huggins and Justin Bishop with the score on 35 was a major setback but Simon Rees joined Scott Harvey and the two youngsters played superbly to put on a century partnership for the third wicket. Rees top-scored with 55 while Harvey added 53, his second half-century at this level. Toby Adams added 10 but it was left to some hard hitting from Tom Rash (38) to take the Bury score to 213 all out in the final over.
Swardeston’s reply was solid at 77 for one, with Peter Lambert going well, but then Tom Huggins (three for 48) and Tom Rash (two for 47) cut through the middle order to reduce the home side to 143 for seven.
But Lambert was still there and he received excellent support from Michael Eccles to put on 65 and take the home side to the brink of victory at 208 for seven, with just six runs still required.
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Nunn then seized the initiative. First he clean bowled Eccles and then did the same to Matthew Taylor, first ball. And when Lambert was caught by Phil Edwards for 95 he had secured a valuable victory.
Stefanus Gericke cleaned up the tail to claim four for 20 in 17.1 overs as Clacton dismissed Horsford for 180 at Vista Road. Ryan Chamberlain weighed in with two for 31 in 14 overs as the Clacton bowlers made their Norfolk visitors work very hard for their runs.
In reply Clacton were given a good start by Ben France (60) and Martyn Cull (27) but they slipped from 121 for two to 144 for six.
Then valuable contributions from Imran Sheikh (18) and Connor Finney (12) took them to within reach of victory and Chamberlain and Rupinder Dhaliwal saw them over the line.
Newly-promoted Sudbury suffered their second defeat but in very different style to the opening week.
Skipper Darren Batch called for an improved batting performance and he led from the front with a magnificent innings of 140 out of a total of 269 for seven.
Al Younger added 43 and young Nathan Poole 35 before being run out for the second week running.
Great Witchingham’s reply started well after openers Jonny Gallagher and Matt Hunn paid the price for a few short deliveries on a flat batting track and they failed to replicate the early wicket-taking balls seen the previous week.
Hunn clean bowled both openers in his second spell, but the father and son combination of Shaun Arthurton (57) and Sam Arthurton (105 not out) turned the match in the home team’s favour.
Adam Mansfield stumped the senior Arthurton, but Sam went on to completed an unbeaten century to bring up the win in the 60th over.
It was disappointing for Sudbury not to be able to defend their big total, and for Batch to end on the losing side after his tremendous innings, but at least they took 12 points in defeat. Defending champions Cambridge Granta are below them in bottom place.
Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League
Vauxhall Mallards 191 (66 overs: G Addicott 52). Cambridge Granta 165 (52.3 overs: S Park 84, P Bradshaw 5 for 46, M Addison 5 for 49). *Vauxhall Mallards (20pts) beat Cambridge Granta (5) by 26 runs.
Horsford 180 (62.1 overs: S Gricke 4 for 20). Clacton 181 for 8 (55.1 overs: B France 60, M Cull 27, C Brown 4 for 32, R O’Connell 3 for 58). Clacton (25) beat Horsford (8) by 2 wkts.
Sudbury 269 for 7 (66 overs: D Batch 140, A Younger 43, N Poole 35, R McCone 5 for 90). *Great Witchingham 270 for 4 (60 overs: Sam Arthurton 105no, Shaun Arthurton 52). Great Witchingham (25) beat Sudbury (12) by 6 wkts.
Saffron Walden 254 for 7 (64 overs: A Laws 87, S Parmenter 71no, D Elsbury 4 for 76). *Halstead 79 (35.4 overs: F Blackwell 33, J Rodgers 4 for 31, A Laws 3 for 0). Saffron Walden (30) beat Halstead (3) by 175 runs.
*Norwich 219 (65.3 overs: E Laubscher 68, F Bester 4 for 47). Burwell 220 for 8 (51.3 overs: F Bester 92, D Flanagan 4 for 65). Burwell (25) beat Norwich (10) by 2 wkts.
Bury St Edmunds 213 (66 overs: S Rees 55, S Harvey 53, T Rash 38).Swardeston 209 (51.5 overs: P Lambert 95, M Nunn 4 for 34, T Huggins 3 for 48). Bury St Edmunds (20) beat Swardeston (8) by 4 runs.
* Denotes home team.