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Horsford turn on the style to beat defending EAPL champions Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 07:41 21 May 2018

Alex Mhandu on the attack for Norwich at Postwick on Saturday. Picture: TIM FERLEY

Alex Mhandu on the attack for Norwich at Postwick on Saturday. Picture: TIM FERLEY

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Horsford produced surely the performance of the EAPL season so far to record a superb 169 run win at champions Sudbury.

The Suffolk side had made an impressive start to the defence of their title before the weekend but that all changed as the side who finished bottom last season turned on the style with both bat and ball.

Horsford never looked back after Chad Bowes (41) and Luke Findlay (77) had put on 78 for the first wicket. A further 96 were added for the second by Findlay and Will Rogers (50) and the final flourish was added by Callum Metcalf (67 not out) and Ryan Finday (46 not out), whose unbroken fourth wicket stand of 114 took the total up to an imposing 307-4 in 64 overs.

It was by no means game over at the halfway stage, with Sudbury having notched up a number of big scores themselves this season, but Horsford’s bowlers outshone their home counterparts on a beautiful afternoon to dismiss the opposition for just 138.

Norfolk’s three-day captain Chris Brown marked his first EAPL game of 2018 by taking 4-21 in 13 overs while Ryan Findlay chipped in with the 2-26 as Horsford spun their way to a second successive win.

Sudbury’s defeat was good news for Swardeston, who reeled off a third straight win to move up to second in the standings, with just Mildenhall - who lead by 18 points - above them.

Joe Gatting’s side were too strong for hosts Copdock, winning by six wickets with over 20 overs in hand. The Suffolk side reached 140-2 as Sam Webb-Snowling and Jack Beaumont both made 47 but then wickets started to tumble, with Joe Flatt taking 3-34 and Callum Taylor 3-48, and it took an unbeaten 61 from Adam Ball to get them up to 207. Swardeston made short work of that modest target as Taylor took his tally up to 233 in two innings with a hard-hitting 60 before Gatting saw his side over the line with an unbeaten 75 featuring 11 fours and three sixes.

Great Witchingham were the first side to pick up a draw following the switch from limited overs cricket. The Witches found themselves on the back foot after seeing Frinton recover from 108-5 to make 315-7 with Miguel Machado (94 not out) and Dom Stockdale (63) adding 112 in double quick time.

With both James Hale and Tom Collishaw unable to bat because of hand injuries, the visitors were staring down the barrel at 124-5 with 20 overs to go but Brett Stolworthy (30 not out) and Andy Hanby (55 not out) stood up to all that Frinton could throw at them in an unbroken partnership of 87 to see Witchingham close on a respectable 211-5.

Vauxhall Mallards let a strong position slip through their grasp as they slid to a third defeat of the season at Burwell and Exning.

With Paul Bradshaw taking four wickets and Nicholas Smit three Mallards had their hosts in all sorts of trouble at 150-8 and then 181-9.

But the crucial final wicket eluded them as Burwell were able to bat out their full quota of 64 overs to make 279-9, thanks to the efforts of Tyron Koen, who made an unbeaten 126, and tailenders Josh Arksey and Sam Rippington.

Mallards could only reach 194 in reply, with Ben France (83) and Bradshaw (58) scoring over two thirds of the total between them.

Norwich remain bottom after being beaten by Cambridge Granta at Postwick. The hosts were dismissed for 202 in the final over (Ashley Watson 39, Alex Mhandu 37, Martin Grellier 36) and went on to lose by four wickets despite three wicket hauls from the Watson brothers Ashley and Aaron. Michael Pepper helped set up the win with the day’s highest innings of 49.

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