Great start for Spelman

Great Witchingham skipper James Spelman started his season with a bang as he led his side to a crushing victory over East Anglian Premier League champions Vauxhall Mallards.

Great Witchingham skipper James Spelman started his season with a bang as he led his side to a crushing victory over East Anglian Premier League champions Vauxhall Mallards.

The left-hander weighed in with 76 with the bat at Walcis Park and then took six for 29 with the ball to decimate the visitors' batting line-up on the way to a 132 run victory for the Witches.

Opener Spelman was ably assisted by Sam Arthurton (62) and some late runs from Jason Dawes with 36no and Simon Chipperfield (45no) as the home side posted an impressive 272 for six.

But it was Spelman's leg spin which proved decisive for Great Witchingham as he ran through Mallard's batsmen.

He eventually finished with his half dozen from just 11.1 overs while Norfolk skipper Carl Rogers, who hit 31 with the bat, and Dawes picked up a brace of wickets apiece as Mallards were skittled out for just 140.

Only Rob Purton (29) and new signing James Marshall (33) offered any real resistance as the Mallards innings lasted just 42.1 overs.

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Witchingham collected 30 points, Mallards just three.