East Anglian Premier League: Taylor brothers lead the way for Swardeston
Norfolk teams continue to dominate this season’s East Anglian Premier League, with Swardeston seemingly unstoppable in their quest for a third successive title.
Almost two thirds of the EAPL season has been played and the reigning champions are already 68 points clear at the top of the table.
Second-from-bottom Bury St Edmunds were the latest victim of the Swardeston machine.
Bury won the toss and elected to bowl first at The Common but brothers Callum and Jordan Taylor used home advantage to star in a dominant batting performance.
Elder brother Jordan, 21, was following on from making his Norfolk debut last weekend in the three-day draw at Hertfordshire in the Unicorns Minor Counties Championship, in which he went for a duck in his first innings but found his feet with 31 in his second.
The opener scored 51 from 83 balls, including five fours and a six, and built a big second-wicket partnership of 85 with wicketkeeper Stephen Gray, who went for 47.
The younger Taylor, 17-year-old Essex all-rounder Callum, then built a partnership of 74 with Lewis Denmark (25) on his way to a 64-ball knock of 62 which featured seven fours and two sixes.
Denmark followed Taylor shortly after to leave Swardeston looking in a decent position at 202-5 but then yet another big partnership was formed.
Jason Reynolds and Jeremy Elliott added 73 for the sixth wicket, with Elliott hitting an explosive 43 from 31 balls, including three sixes.
The home side declared at 296-6 with Reynolds on 39 having faced 32 balls and set about bowling out Bury.
That proved a relatively straight forward task, with Michael Eccles and George Walker both taking four wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 146 inside 33 overs.
The only real resistance came from Michael Comber for Bury, who smashed an exciting 68 from 45 balls, featuring 10 fours and three sixes.
That was not nearly enough to prevent Swardeston taking a maximum 30 league points though, with just three other Bury batsmen reaching double figures as the league leaders won by 149 runs.
An outstanding bowling performance keeps Great Witchingham in second place, with a game in hand on Swardeston.
The Witches won the toss and elected to bat first against Copdock & Old Ipswichian at Walcis Park but were bowled out for 154, with James Hale top scoring with a stubborn 124-ball 36.
But they still went on to take a 77-run victory and 30 league points, as Hale and Kieran Bunting both took four wickets to bowl out the visitors for just 77 inside 36 overs.
Norwich stay third despite a shock 73-run defeat at Woolpit.
The home side had set a target of 241 but Norwich were bowled out for 168, with skipper Chris Borrett top scoring with 30.
Vauxhall Mallards missed the opportunity to take advantage of Bury’s loss at Swardeston and remain bottom after a nine-wicket home defeat to Cambridge Granta.