Tom Huggins and Chris Swallow shine in drawn matches

THE FIVE Essex and Suffolk sides in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League failed to register a solitary win between them on Saturday.

Top-class individual displays by Bury St Edmunds skipper Tom Huggins and Copdock & Old Ipswichian captain Chris Swallow saw their respective sides claim draws in Norfolk, but Clacton, Halstead and Sudbury all suffered defeats.

Huggins recorded figures of 15-3-55-5 and then top-scored with 67, but Bury closed on 157 for seven in reply to Great Witchingham’s 198 for eight as honours were shared.

Over at Manor Park his fellow Suffolk all-rounder Swallow scored 90 off 114 balls with six fours and one six as Copdock were dismissed for 237.

Copdock had the better of the draw as Horsford reached 183 for eight in reply, Swallow finishing with figures of 18-3-49-4.

Clacton, after winning the toss, bowled out Burwell for 212 (Stef Gericke five for 44 and Imran Khan three for 62) but then collapsed to 125 all out in 37.4 overs, Sheikh scoring 48 batting at No.9 to spare further embarrassment.

Halstead’s dismal season continues to stutter towards inevitable relegation following their seven-wicket loss at home to Saffron Walden.

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The Essex side are now 102 points adrift at the foot of the table with just five matches still left to play.

Bertie Blackwell (39), Josh Wells (36) and Tom Philp (32) all got themselves in but were unable to go on and build a big innings as Halstead were back in the pavilion for 172.

Glen Batticciotto’s unbeaten 83 from only 71 balls hurried the visitors home in 20 overs less than they had sent down themselves.

Sudbury suffered even more of a mauling, being bowled out in just 31 overs at Vauxhall Mallards – their total of 105 being boosted by 51 from 57 balls by No.9 Ben Reece, who was just two not out when they slid to 33 for eight.

Paul Bradshaw did the damage with 8-3-5-5, before Matt Platter’s 60 not out completed a nine-wicket thumping of the Suffolk side.

Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League

*Burwell 212 in 66 overs (D Jones 39, K Toner 28, G Goosen 28, A Nash 28, S Gericke 5 for 44, Imran Sheikh 3 for 62). Clacton 125 in 37.4 overs (Imran Sheikh 48, M Comber 26, K Toner 6 for 21). Burwell (30pts) bt Clacton (5pts) by 89 runs.

*Cambridge Granta 153 in 58.1 overs (H Beddows 29, S Park 23, M Thomas 4 for 36, M Taylor 3 for 33). Swardeston 154 for 1 in 40.4 overs (M Parlane 76no, S Gray 37no, J Taylor 32). Swardeston (25pts) bt Cambridge Granta (2pts) by 9 wkts.

Copdcock & Old Ipswichian 237 all out in 65.4 overs (C Swallow 90, A Gravell 42, M Cull 34, J Kingstone 31, H Gravell 23, L Caswell 4 for 40, C Brown 4 for 40). *Horsford 183 for 8 in 54 overs (L Caswell 44, J Wild 37, C Swallow 4 for 49, C Viljoen 3 for 45). Horsford (10pts) drew with Copdock & Old Ipswichian (13pts).

*Great Witchingham 196 for 8 in 66 overs (T Collishaw 72, J SApelman 29, C Rogers 27, S Arthurton 27, T Huggins 5 for 55). Bury St Edmunds 157 for 7 in 57 overs (T Huggins 67, T Adams 21, J Spelman 3 for 15, J Hale 3 for 47). Great Witchingham (8pts) drew with Bury St Edmunds (8pts).

*Halstead 172 all out in 50.1 overs (B Blackwell 39, J Wells 36, T Philp 32, A Gale 5 for 58). Saffron Walden 173 for 3 in 36.3 overs (G Batticciottio 83no, A Laws 28, J Gallian 24). Saffron Walden (25pts) bt Halstead (3pts) by 7 wkts.

Sudbury 105 in 31 overs (B Reece 51, P Bradshaw 5 for 5). *Vauxhall Mallards 109 for 1 in 20.4 overs (M Platter 60no, D Turner 30no). Vauxhall Mallards (25pts) bt Sudbury (0pts) by 9 wkts.

*Denotes home team.

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