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Vauxhall Mallards finish a solid EAPL season with a flourish

PUBLISHED: 08:16 22 September 2017

Sudbury celebrate clinching the Gibbs Denley East Anglian League title after their game against Swardeston had been rained off. Picture: RMG Photography

Sudbury celebrate clinching the Gibbs Denley East Anglian League title after their game against Swardeston had been rained off. Picture: RMG Photography

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Vauxhall Mallards rounded off their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League season in impressive fashion at the weekend.

They travelled to Essex to take on Frinton on Sea and with the rain largely staying away recorded an emphatic 230 run win, making 320-6 off their 50 overs and then bowling out the hosts for just 90 off 21.2 overs.

The weather in Essex was much better than at home and although the match was affected by rain it was completed, one of only two Premier League matches not to be washed out.

Frinton fielded a weaker side, with regular first team players being available. They won the toss and elected to field and Mallards took full advantage with their established pair of openers Mitch Todd and Ben France dominating the bowlers.

Todd reached his half century first and France followed a few minutes later. Their partnership ended on 134 after 22 overs when France was bowled by Michael Comber for 61.

Matthew Plater (36) added another 82 runs with Todd, scoring quickly with boundaries but mostly by running well between the wickets.

Sensing that they wouldn’t be under any real threat from Frinton Mallards took their total to 320-6 off the full 50 overs.

Todd was eventually dismissed for 131, with his 104 ball knock including 14 fours and three sixes, while Brett Stolworthy was unbeaten on 39 at the close.

With news that other EAPL games had not even started the weather at Frinton was sunny and bright. A heavy shower gave the home side a temporary reprieve in the seventh over when play was suspended at the fall of the second wicket when they were on 33.

A delay of nearly 45 minutes meant the loss of three overs but it was not a factor to influence the outcome for Frinton. They struggled to make any impact and were all out for 90 in the 22nd over. There were three wickets apiece for Neil Clarkson and Adam Todd while Luke Caswell and France took two each.

The result had no effect on Vauxhall Mallards’ final position in the league but finishing with a third successive victory was a positive way to end the season.

They finished seventh, comfortable in mid-table, and third out of the five Norfolk sides. Sudbury won the title after their match with Swardeston was washed out

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