Frinton duo of Michael Comber and Kyran Young inflict a first defeat on leaders Sudbury

Frinton batsman Michael Comber, who struck an unbeaten 104 in a six-wicket win over Sudbury in the E

Frinton batsman Michael Comber, who struck an unbeaten 104 in a six-wicket win over Sudbury in the EAPL. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Frinton inflicted a first defeat of the season on Sudbury, thanks to a classy century by Michael Comber and a captain’s innings from Kyran Young in the East Anglian Premier League.

Sudbury had won all of their first seven fixtures of the season, but they were decidedly second best at Ashlyns Road as Frinton cruised to a six-wicket win.

The Suffolk visitors were restricted to just 232 for eight off 64 overs, after captain Tom Huggins had won the toss and opted to bat.

No Sudbury batsman really took control, Ben Parker top-scoring with 42 at No. 4, supported by opener Huggins (38) and the middle order duo of Ben Reece (32) and William Shropshire (23).

Merv Westfield was the pick of Frinton’s bowlers, with figures of 16-4-46-3, while Comber took two for 53 off 17 overs, including the important wicket of Huggins.

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The Essex hosts were soon struggling in their reply, undone by some superb bowling from James Poulson. Suffolk all-rounder Poulson bowled both openers Joe Fowler and Michael Griggs, and also wrecked the stumps of Westfield to leave Frinton tottering on 50 for three.

But Young and Comber then took charge, sharing a partnership of 162 for the fourth wicket to effectively win the game.

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Young made 86 off 130 balls, with two sixes and nine fours, before he was caught by wicketkeeper Kenny Moulton-Day off Dustin Melton.

Comber compiled a run-a-ball 104 not out, striking five sixes and nine fours.

“I lost yet another toss, but we did well to restrict Sudbury to just 232 by bowling a good line and length,” explained Frinton captain Young.

“It meant that they had to take risks, rather than us just taking wickets. The pitch was a bit slow, so it was hard to bat well on it, and obviously getting the wicket of (Tom) Huggins was a big one. We had a plan, trying to tie him down, and Michael (Comber) bowled really well against him.

“We had switched our bowling attack around, because Lewis Catlow was a late call-off with tonsillitis. Michael bowled those middle overs, in a long spell.

“It was looking dicey at 50 for three, but Michael and I then built a good partnership, rotating the strike. The run-rate was never an issue. Michael does not hang around. He plays every ball on its merits and is in great form at the moment, while I’m happy to do my bit for the team.”

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