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Martyn Cull hits unbeaten century as Copdock & OI end on a winning note against Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:47 19 September 2017

Copdock opening batsmen Martyn Cull, who struck 122 not out in the final day win over Norwoich Picture: GARY DONNISON

Copdock opening batsmen Martyn Cull, who struck 122 not out in the final day win over Norwoich Picture: GARY DONNISON

Gary Donnison Photography 2017

Suffolk opener Martyn Cull scored an unbeaten century as Copdock & Old Ipswichian signed off for the season with a crushing eight-wicket win over Norwich, in a Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League clash at Old London Road on Saturday.

Copdock restricted lowly Norwich to 233 all out, with two balls left of their 50-over allocation, before knocking off the runs for the loss of just two wickets and with 4.1 overs in hand.

As a result of this 10th victory of the summer, from 22 starts, Copdock leapfrogged Frinton into fifth spot to at least finish with a top-five placing. They were third last summer.

Norwich were quickly reduced to 17 for three, with 15-year-old Ollie Stace making the initial breakthrough in the first over, having opener Freddie Kemp (1) caught by fellow teenager Alex Oxley.

Similarly, fellow opener Simon Brister (1) was also soon back in the pavilion, bowled by captain Tom Rash, while Stace celebrated his second wicket of the morning by having Lewis Sexton (9) caught by Cull.

But it was Daniel Leggett who claimed the key wicket of skipper Will O’Donnell, caught behind by wicketkeeper Sam Webb-Snowling for 15 to leave the score on 58 for four.

The fact that Norwich got beyond 200, let alone 100, was due to all-rounder Ashley Watson, who struck a superb century batting at No. 5.

While none of his team-mates could get past 15, Watson struck four sixes and 12 boundaries in his 129-ball stay. He was eventually the eighth wicket to fall, by which time the total had reached 214. He was caught by Cull off Leggett.

There were three wickets apiece for skipper Rash (8.4-2-29-3), who cleaned up the tail, and spinner Jack Beaumont (10-1-36-3), and two wickets each for Stace (8-0-50-2) and Leggett (6-0-31-2).

As happened so often throughout the summer, Cull and Jaik Mickleburgh built the platform for victory with an opening stand of 75.

Mickleburgh made a swift 34 and Oxley a well-compiled 38, sharing a second wicket partnership of 94 with Cull, who finished on 122 not out with 17 fours in his 143-ball effort. Beaumont kept him company with 27 not out.

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