Impressive victories for trio

BURY St Edmunds, Clacton and Copdock & Old Ipswichian all recorded impressive victories in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday, but Sudbury’s slide continues.

Sudbury have now lost five matches in a row and you have to go back to June 30 for their last win – and that was against rock-bottom Halstead.

After bowling out Great Witchingham for 199, of which opener James Spelman made 103, Sudbury were shot out for 105 in 43.2 overs at Friars Street, James Poluson top-scoring with just 23.

James Hale (15.2-8-26-5) and Jonathan Spelman (16-2-46-4) did the damage as Sudbury dropped below Bury St Edmunds into tenth spot in the table.

Bury beat Burwell by four wickets, after being set 204 to win, with seven balls to spare at the Victory Ground.

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Tom Robotham bagged the first three Burwell wickets to fall, while Abi Jhunjhunwala and Tom Huggins sent down 36 overs of spin for a combined total of three for 70. Wicket-keeper Ben Bellward claimed three catches to now lead the EAPL dismissals list.

Jhunjhunwala’s 75 off 94 balls provided the backbone of Bury’s reply, with Simon Rees (30), Justin Bishop (42) and Toby Adams (28) seeing them home.

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Essex all-rounder Greg Smith showed his class with a match-winning display against Cambridge Granta. Rory Darkins (79) and Craig Park (80) added 103 for the third wicket, but Smith returned figures of 11-0-69-6 as the visitors closed on 250 for nine.

George Brown (71) and Smith, who smashed 111 not out off 98 deliveries with 14 fours and three sixes, put on 144 for the second wicket as Clacton completed an eight-wicket win.

Daniel Sincuba fought a lone battle for Halstead with the bat against Copdock & OI, scoring 94 (144 balls, 15 fours) as they were bowled out for 171 in 55 overs.

John East spun his way to 10-3-36-5 and brother James also took two wickets, before Archie Gravell and Ed Pope responded with an opening partnership of 69 for Copdock.

When Pope fell for 34, Martyn Cull joined Gravell in an unbroken stand of 106 as the home team reached their total in 28.1 overs.

Gravell’s 91 came at a run-a-ball and included 18 boundaries and Cull was 36 not out as Copdock moved above Horsford into third place – 21 points adrift of leaders Swardeston – to retain hopes of lifting the title in their first season.

Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League scoreboard

Burwell 203 for 9 in 66 overs (C Summerskill 48no, P Summerskill 39, D Jones 22, T Robotham 3 for 45). *Bury St Edmunds 204 for 6 in 52.5 overs (A Jhunjhunwala 75, J Bishop 42, S Rees 30, T Adams 28, M Richards 3 for 53). Bury St Edmunds (25pts) bt Burwell (5pts) by 4 wkts.

Cambridge Granta 250 for 9 in 66 overs (C Park 80, R Darkins 79, S Park 31, G Smith 6 for 69). *Clacton 251 for 2 in 53 overs (G Smith 111no, G Brown 71, Muhammad Atif 32). Clacton (28pts) bt Cambridge Granta (7pts) by 8 wkts.

Halstead 171 in 55 overs (D Sincuba 94, M Johnson 20, John East 5 for 36). *Copdock and Old Ipswichian 175 for 1 in 28.1 overs (A Gravell 91no, M Cull 36no, E Pope 34). Copdock & Old Ipswichian (25pts) bt Halstead (2pts) by 9 wkts.

Vauxhall Mallards 128 in 42.1 overs (M Platter 47, C Amos 24, C Schoeman 20, G Batticciotto 4 for 31). *Saffron Walden 131 for 3 in 35 overs (G Ecclestone 62no, J Gallian 53no). Saffron Walden (25pts) at Halstead (1pt) by 7 wkts.

Great Witchingham 199 in 62.5 overs (J Spellman 103, M Hale 31, H Fernando 3 for 28, B Reece 3 for 29, J Gallagher 3 for 34). *Sudbury 105 in 43.2 overs (J Poulson 23, J Hale 5 for 26, Jon Spelman 4 for 46). Great Witchingham (30pts) bt Sudbury (5pts) by 94 runs.

Horsford 242 in 58.3 overs (J Wild 114, M Spenceley 38, N Perry Warnes 25, J Leck 20, M Eccles 5 for 51, M Thomas 4 for 33). Swardeston 210 for 9 in 61 overs (M Thomas 99, M Parlane 27, C Taylor 20, N Perry Warnes 6 for 51). *Swardeston (11pts) drew with Horsford (15 pts).

*Denotes home team

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