Swardeston move up to second spot after Witchingham demolition


1st XI Spinners George Walker and Jaden Hatwell shared eight wickets as Swardeston demolished morning leaders Great Witchingham by 113 runs.

Having been put in to bat, Swardeston posted 220-9. League individual record-breaker Joel Abraham (47) and Hatwell (49) added 57 for the third wicket and Ian Tufts (41) and Will Rist (32) put together a 55-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Witches’ teenage spinner James Hale ripped out Swardeston’s middle order, claiming 4-52 in 15 overs.

Witchingham’s reply saw Sam Thelwell have James Spelman caught behind for 13 and George Walker brought prolific Carl Rogers’ golden run of form to a halt when he had his Norfolk colleague caught in the slips for 15 with his third ball.

Walker and Hatwell then turned the screw as Witchingham fell to 49-5. Tom Collishaw (35) and Shaun Arthurton (15) provided some resistance but Walker (12.1-5-30-4) and Hatwell (11-3-36-4) saw the visitors, whose title challenges have petered out after mid-season collapses for the past two seasons, bowled out in the 37th over.

The 2nd XI returned from Bradenham with a winning draw after posting 176-8, Mike Outar top scoring with 46. Bradenham seemed never interested in chasing runs from the outset, finishing 82 for 6 from their allocated 50 overs.

The 3rd XI kept their run going beating rock-bottom Ashmanhaugh by six wickets at Hilltops. Ashmanhaugh were restricted to 125-7 from their 46, with Will Kennard taking 5 for 19. In reply opener Alex Bilham scored 53 as the hosts eased home in just 20 overs.

The 4th XI game away at Aldborough was washed out without a ball being bowled.



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