Four wickets for Merv Westfield as Frinton beat Burwell

Merv Westfield, who took four wickets in Frinton's victory over Burwell in the EAPL on Saturday. Pic

Merv Westfield, who took four wickets in Frinton's victory over Burwell in the EAPL on Saturday. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Frinton notched their fifth win of the season, courtesy of another good all-round performance from Michael Comber, and a four-wicket haul from Merv Westfield.

The Essex club are well positioned, in fourth spot in the East Anglian Premier League, after comprehensively defeating Burwell by 91 runs at Ashlyns Road on Saturday.

Captain Kyran Young won the toss and elected to field, and his side recovered from a poor start to reach 218 all out.

Burwell’s top order was then blown away, leaving the Cambridgeshire visitors on 35 for six before eventually being bowled out for 127 in the 33rd over.

Losing three early wickets, Frinton rallied via opener Michael Griggs and the impressive Comber in a fourth wicket stand worth 56 runs at the start of the day.

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Griggs made a patient 46 off 86 balls to build a platform, while Comber went on to find excellent support from wicketkeeper Thomas Benn in a 61-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Former Bury St Edmunds captain Comber was bowled by Sam Rippington for 66, a knock which incorporated two sixes and eight fours in an 85-ball stay.

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This was just one of Rippington’s seven scalps – he finished with figures of 18-2-68-7.

Benn was trapped leg before by Rippington for 43, but Lewis Catlow made a welcome 30 not out at No. 9 to boost Frinton’s total.

Comber quickly removed captain Joseph Tetley and Ben Seabrook for ducks, to leave Burwell on three for two.

Dan Carter (6-2-14-1) and former Essex all-rounder Westfield (12.4-3-62-4) then combined to reduce the visitors to that awful 35 for six, at which Richard Potter (44) and Josh Arksey (22) at least added a respectable 50 runs for the seventh wicket.

Frinton skipper Young accounted for top scorer Potter, caught by Catlow for a run-a-ball 44, and it was Westfield who wrapped up victory by dismissing Rippington after a lively 25 (five boundaries) at No. 10.

Frinton are on their travels this Saturday, away at Vauxhall Mallards.

Likewise, all four Suffolk sides are also on the road. Mildenhall are at Burwell, bottom club Bury St Edmunds are away at Cambridge Granta, Copdock & Old Ipswichian are at second-from-bottom Norwich, and leaders Sudbury are at second-placed Swardeston.

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