Vice-captain George Walker reports on the EAPL victory over Bury St Edmunds.
An overcast morning and a heavy dew more suited to a December morning greeted the players at The Common on Saturday. With the dampness in the air and in the wicket first thing bowling first was going to be best option. Mark Thomas lost the toss and we were asked to bat but things turned out rather well come 6pm.
Being patient, organised and batting in partnerships was very important whilst the ball was still hard and conditions suitable for seam bowling. Peter Lambert was watchful early on before offering a catch to cover off a leg spinner and it was left to Jordi Taylor and Steve Gray to set about building a partnership. The second wicket fell with the score on 106 when Jordi was LBW for 51. He was a little disappointed as he had done all the hard work and with the pitch getting easier and easier to bat on, a big score was on offer.
Partnerships were being built with every wicket and nearly all batsmen contributed with Graysy getting out on 47, Callum Taylor getting an excellent 62 when caught at long off, Lewis Denmark got 25 which then left Jason Reynolds and Jeremey Elliott to propel the score up to 295 with The Jezoir smashing 43 off only 31 balls and Jason getting a good 39 not out at more than a run a ball as well.
A big total was made all the more difficult when Michael Eccles had probably the only batsman who could have batted the whole innings in Justin Bishop caught behind for 0. Another wicket fell very quickly leaving them 4-2 and when Lambo held on to a sharp chance at second slip to give Ecco his third, Bury were in trouble on 35-3.
Michael Comber came in for Bury and he is a good player to watch as he does try and give the ball a big hit but you know a chance will come along.
41-4 and the 50-5 had the Swardeston boys thinking of an early finish but another 68 runs were scored before the 6th wicket was taken just after tea when Lewis help onto a simple chance at cover off George Walker.
Comber was still at the crease and he then dispatched Walks for a couple of big sixes but he was out 2 overs later as he danced down the wicket and missed the ball giving Graysy a simple stumping.
The writing was now on the wall and the last few wickets went down very quickly leaving Bury 146 all out in only 32.1 overs giving Swardeston an excellent 30 points for their victory and with the evening sun creating a lovely temperature and atmosphere a chilled beer was enjoyed by the team outside on the grass.
Michael Eccles was the pick of the bowlers getting 4-21 off 10 overs ripping out the top order and George finished with 4-30.
See the match scorecard here.