Clacton are on the receiving end

CLACTON enjoyed half of their match at Swardeston in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday – but were then on the receiving end as Joel Abraham set a new individual scoring record.

Garth Davson was himself in tremendous form as he scored 138, with useful support from Stefanus Gericke (66), Martyn Cull (27) and Connor Finney (21 not out) as Clacton posted an impressive 308 for seven from their 66 overs.

But that proved inadequate as Abraham struck 26 fours and six sixes on his way to an unbeaten 221 from just 145 balls.

At the other end Daniel Martin reached a more leisurely 70 not out and the target was reached in the 50th over for a 10-wicket win.

Bury St Edmunds, meanwhile, staged a successful run chase of their own centred on Suffolk all-rounder Tom Huggins.

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Vauxhall Mallards batted first and, thanks to Namibian batsman Gerrie Snyman’s 109, they posted a total of 273, which was improved by a last-wicket stand worth 43 and only ended by the last ball of the 66th over.

Bury started briskly but lost Justin Bishop for 23 before Scott Harvey (41) helped Huggins add 107 for the second wicket. Simon Rees (18 off 20 balls) and Tom Rash (27 off 30 balls) pushed the rate up and Bury needed 79 off the last 10 overs.

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Huggins, not content with a century, took the visitors attack apart spraying the balls to all parts of the ground to reduce the task to 28 from the last three overs.

Toby Adams joined Huggins with 18 still needed, and with Adams running like a hare Huggins kept the bowling and secured victory with two balls to spare. Huggins ended on 156 not out, with 19 fours from 165 balls.

Sudbury again denied Norfolk opponents victory with a stubborn batting display. Horsford had scored 265 for nine, batting their full allocation of overs, and Sudbury replied with 216 for eight from 63. Nathan Poole (36), Kandage Fernando (34), James Poulson (33), Al Younger (25) all played their part, and the job was finished off by Pete Siegert (18 not out) and Ben Reece (26 not out).

Freddie Blackwell (81) and Mark Johnson (76) helped Halstead to 233 for eight in their 66 overs, but hosts Great Witchingham reached their target for the loss of four wickets from 50.1 overs. Carl Rogers led the way with 66 and Ryan McCone ended on 54 not out.

Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League

*Burwell 315 for 6 (66 overs: F Bester 127, P Summerskill 57, G Goosen 51). Cambridge Granta 254 for 8 (62 overs: J Atkinson 57, A Huckle 5 for 49). Burwell (17pts) drew with Cambridge Granta (11).

Vauxhall Mallards 273 (66 overs: G Snyman 109, P Free 35, M Addison 26, D Turner 21, T Rash 3 for 70). *Bury St Edmunds 274 for 4 (53.4 overs: T Huggins 156no, S Harvey 41, T Rash 27, J Bishop 23). Bury St Edmunds (25) bt Vauxhall Mallards (7) by 6 wkts.

Halstead 233 for 8 (66 overs: F Blackwell 81, M Johnson 76). *Great Witchingham 234 for 4 (50.1 overs: C Rogers 66, R McCone 54no, Sam Arthurton 42, T Collishaw 35). Gt Witchingham (25) bt Halstead (10) by 6 wkts.

Norwich 240 (65.1 overs: E Laubscher 92, H Bush 54no, J Rodgers 4 for 54). *Saffron Walden 172 (51 overs: G Gillard 61, C Borrett 5 for 34). Norwich (30) bt Saffron Walden (6) by 68 runs.

Horsford 265 for 9 (66 overs: D Clark 68, M Warnes 38, M Spenceley 31, L Findlay 23, R O’Connell 22, B Reece 6 for 70). *Sudbury 216 for 6 (63 overs: N Poole 36, K Fernando 34, J Poulson 33, B Reece 26no, A Younger 25). Sudbury (10) drew with Horsford (16).

Clacton 308 for 7 (66 overs: G Davson 138, S Gericke 66, G Brown 38, M Cull 27, C Finney 21no, G Walker 3 for 79). *Swardeston 310 for 0 (49.3 overs: J Abraham 221no, D Martin 70no). Swardeston (25) bt Clacton (10) by 10 wkts.

* Denotes home team.

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