Michael Griggs and Dan Carter star in Frinton’s victory over Cambridge Granta
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Michael Griggs starred with the bat, and Dan Carter with the ball, as Frinton cruised to an impressive victory over Cambridge Granta by 94 runs in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.
Opening batsman Griggs built the platform for Frinton’s competitive total of 216, thanks to a superb century, and Carter followed this up by tearing through Granta’s batting line-up to finish with five for 49, off 17 overs.
The Essex hosts therefore celebrated their sixth victory of the summer, to leapfrog Cambridge into fourth in the EAPL table.
They finished seventh last summer, and second in their first season at this level in 2015, so Kyran Young’s men are enjoying another good campaign in the region’s top club competition.
Put into bat by Granta captain, Jonathan Atkinson, Frinton lost Joe Fowler (3) early on, but recovered via Griggs and skipper Young in a second wicket partnership worth 70, the biggest of the match.
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Young was bowled by Chris Pepper for 27, off 61 balls, but Merv Westfield then plundered a swift 20 off 26 deliveries to accelerate the innings past 100.
Wicketkeeper Thomas Benn (26) joined Griggs in a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket, but Frinton then lost their last six wickets for just 59 runs.
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Griggs was the eighth wicket to fall, but not before he had recorded his first century of the season. He struck 104 off 159 balls, with two sixes and 17 fours.
Carter ensured the perfect start in Granta’s reply, having opener Ben Claydon caught behind by Benn with the first ball of the innings.
Douglas Rice (17) and Michael Pepper (19) put on 41 for the second wicket, but seven wickets then fell for 53 runs to leave Frinton on the brink of victory.
Carter was the chief destroyer, while spinner Kemar Smith contributed two for 20 off eight overs, and Westfield and Lewis Catlow both took a wicket apiece at the top of the order.
Lewys Hill (23) and Tristan Blackledge (31) made sure the tail wagged a little, before Carter cleaned up the last couple of wickets to see Granta bowled out for 122 in 37 overs.
Frinton are on the road this Saturday, away at Great Witchingham, before entertaining bottom club Bury St Edmunds on Saturday week.