Frustrating draw for Frinton due to Will O’Donnell’s stubborn resistance

Frinton batsman Michael Comber, who top-scored with 67 in the Essex side's frustrating draw at Norwi

Frinton batsman Michael Comber, who top-scored with 67 in the Essex side's frustrating draw at Norwich on Saturday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Norwich all-rounder, Will O’Donnell, staged a one-man show to deny Frinton a victory in their Eaat Anglian Premier League clash at Ingham on Saturday

Put into bat, Frinton amassed a challenging total of 277 all out, just three balls short of the allotted 64 overs.

Former Bury St Edmunds captain, Michael Comber, top-scored with 67 at the top of the order, while Joe Fowler, Merv Westfield and Ishmeal Dar all progressed into the 30s to put the pressure on their Norfolk hosts.

Once Westfield had ended a half-century opening partnership, by bowling Lewis Sexton for a spritely 43 of 41 balls (56 for one), wickets began to tumble.

However, Frinton could not dislodge O’Donnell, the prolific Australian making an unbeaten 91 at No. 3 to guide Norwich to a battling draw. Spinner Kemar Smith sliced through the middle order, on his way to figures of 17-6-53-4, with support from Lewis Catlow (two for 60).

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When Catlow bowled James Mirner (17), Norwich were flundering on 120 for seven, and that became 136 for eight when Westfield returned to the attack to dislodge Aaron Watson, caught by Smith. But a frustrating ninth wicket partnership of 56, between O’Donnell and No. 10 Jason Blake (11no), enabled the hosts to eat up the overs and eventually finish on 192 for eight, off 57 overs.

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