Michael Griggs scores half-century as Frinton beat lowly Horsford

Michael Griggs, who scored 52 in Frinton's seeven-wicket win at Horsford. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Michael Griggs, who scored 52 in Frinton's seeven-wicket win at Horsford. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Frinton did basement dwellers Bury St Edmunds a big favour by easing to a seven-wicket win at second-from-bottom Horsford, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.

The Essex side cruised to their seventh victory of the summer, dismissing Horsford for 152 with one ball remaining of the Norfolk hosts’ allotted 50 overs.

In-form Frinton then knocked off the runs for the loss of just four wickets, with 15.1 overs to spare.

Earlier in the day, Horsford had looked well set on 80 for two, despite Frinton skipper Kyran Young claiming two quick wickets.

Young trapped Jonathon Crowe (9) leg before and had Matthew Spencerley (3) caught by Ryan Harrington, to leave the score on 39 for two.

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Horsford recovered, only to then collapse in dramatic fashion, prompted by an excellent spell of bowling from Michael Comber.

Former Bury St Edmunds captain Comber took the next three wickets to fall, including opener Ryan Findlay (patient 19 off 56 balls), caught behind by wicketkeeper Thomas Benn, and danger-man Stephan Marillier, who was bowled for 25.

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The net result was Horsford losing their last eight wickets for just 72 runs.

Comber posted figures of 10-1-24-3, while Lewis Catlow, who opened the bowling, finished with 10-1-30-2.

Spinner Kemar Smith also had a big impact, with three for 22.

Frinton lost Comber (6) early on in their reply, but fellow opener Michael Griggs ensured that there would be no real scares in the run chase.

Griggs chalked up a half-century, facing 46 balls for his 52, which featured a six and seven fours.

An in-form Griggs put on 43 for the second wicket with skipper Young (28), while Merv Westfield (38 not out) and Benn (14no) put on an unbeaten 42 to see the visitors home.

The win has consolidated Frinton’s fourth position in the table, with five fixtures remaining.

This Saturday, Frinton are home to Mildenhall, before they face the top two over the following two weekends, away at pace-setters Sudbury (August 28) and then at home to Swardeston (September 2).

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