Witches now top

Great Witchingham took full advantage of a stalemate at Swardeston to propel themselves to the top of the EAPL table with victory over Cambridge Granta.

While Swardeston and Vauxhall Mallards were playing out a draw, Witchingham's 97-run win against the reigning champions put them 14 points clear at the top.

Witchingham chose to bat first and they were heavily reliant on half-centuries from Sam Arthurton (58) and his father, Shaun (66no). James Page (21) crucially stayed with Shaun at the end of the innings to help push the final total up to 223 for nine.

Granta struggled in reply as five of their top seven were dismissed for single-figure scores, with Carl Rogers picking up three for six in nine overs.

Ryan McCone returned to the attack to polish off the Granta lower order, taking four for 57 as the Cambridge side were all out for 126 in the 53rd over.

Great Witchingham (30) beat Cambridge Granta (4) by 97 runs at Walcis Park.

Great Witchingham: JM Spelman b C Park 2, C Rogers b Creese 27, S Arthurton Jnr lbw Creese 58, T Collishaw b Coleman 11, J Hale lbw Coleman 1, R McCone c-b Coleman 6, S Arthurton Snr not out 66, JO Spelman c Beddows b S Park 1, J Page c Beddows b Hill 21, S Groves lbw Coleman 12, A Dyer not out 2; extras 16. Total (9 wkts, 66 overs) 223.

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Bowling: J Cowan 12-1-30-0, C Park 12-1-50-1, S Park 11-0-44-1, B Creese 5-0-27-2, J Coleman 9-1-23-4, L Hill 10-2-30-1, I Shah 7-1-12-0.

Cambridge Granta: J Handley lbw JM Spelman 7, J Atkinson lbw Rogers 16, D Rice lbw Dyer 18, C Park c Groves b McCone 9, H Beddows c S Arthurton Jnr b Rogers 7, S Park b Rogers 0, B Creese c Groves b McCone 4, J Coleman b McCone 32, I Shah b McCone 13, L Hill c S Arthurton Jnr b Dyer 2, J Cowan not out 9; extras 9. Total (52.3 overs) 126.

Bowling: R McCone 13.3-1-57-4, JM Spelman 13-5-21-1, A Dyer 13-3-26-2, C Rogers 9-5-6-3, J Hale 4-2-11-0.