EAPL preview: Witchingham could have two landmarks to celebrate

James Spelman has scored 10,000 runs for Great Witchingham Picture Tim Ferley

James Spelman has scored 10,000 runs for Great Witchingham Picture Tim Ferley

Tim Ferley

Great Witchingham could have two major landmarks to celebrate for club stalwarts this weekend.

The Witches moved up to fifth place in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League table with a 20-run home win over Norfolk rivals Swardeston last weekend.

In the process opener James Spelman’s knock of 29 took the batsman past 10,000 first XI runs for Witchingham, to a total of 10,012, during his 12th campaign with the club – with his best effort an unbeaten 147 during an EAPL game at Bury in 2012.

Oddly, it was on the same day that Peter Lambert passed the same notable landmark for Swardeston at Walcis Park, and skipper Sam Arthurton will be looking to get in on the act today.

The Witches head to leaders Mildenhall with Arthurton on 9,967, with the Norfolk opener having started in the Witchingham first team back in 2006.

It promises to be a tough encounter at Wamil Walk though after Mildenhall leapfrogged reigning champions Sudbury at the summit last Saturday by beating their Suffolk rivals with seven wickets in hand away from home.

Swardeston remain in third and return home to The Common looking to bounce back against Vauxhall Mallards. The Ducks cut Bury adrift at the bottom of the standings thanks to a 55-run win over Horsford.

Paul Bradshaw took five for 38 – to remain top of the EAPL bowling ranking with 60 wickets – and Ben France four for 46 as the visitors were bowled out for 141 at Halvergate.

Horsford return to Manor Park looking to bounce back from that loss when they host mid-table rivals Copdock, who sit a place and just four points behind in eighth place in the table.

Norwich are also at home and aiming to bounce back from a 165-run defeat at Burwell last time out, hosting Frinton and hoping to force their way into the mid-table pack.

• Cecil Amey Opticians Norfolk Alliance Premier Division leaders Downham host mid-table Garboldisham aiming to maintain their unbeaten run, with nearest rivals North Runcton travelling to third-placed Stow.

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