Swaffham top with another seven-wicket success

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Alliance Division Three

Swaffham (23 points) beat Bungay (4) by 7 wickets

Bungay 171-8 in 46 overs (Chris Fuller 55, J. Payne 8-1-35-2, D. Annakin 4-1-20-2, M Dye Snr 12-1-18-4). Swaffham 175-3 in 31.5 overs (M. Eagle 58, J. Payne 60*, C. Upton 22, M. Dye Jnr 21*).

Swaffham recorded a consecutive seven-wicket victory at Bungay – who were relegated from Division Two last season.

Captain Mark Eagle inserted the hosts with rain in the air, and showers delayed the match for an hour.

Neither Matthew Brockman-Smith nor Jasper Payne could break the opening partnership. However, the introduction of David Annakin (last week’s hat-trick hero) and Maurice Dye got Swaffham back into the game.

Dye removed both openers while Annakin cheaply dismissed Bungay’s number three and four batsmen. Although Dye and Payne picked up a further two wickets apiece Swaffham, for the second week running, surrendered a strong position as Bungay recovered from 102-7 to post a respectable 171-8 in their 46 overs.

The early wicket of Tom Puckey to a good inswinger did little to help the chasing team’s confidence. Nonetheless, Eagle made a split decision to promote Chris Upton over Payne to combat the swinging ball.

The pair recorded an 86 partnership which featured some aggressive shots from Eagle while Upton blunted the new ball and ran well between the wickets. Eagle fell for a fine 58 and Payne came to the crease. Despite the loss of Upton, with 61 still needed, he battered the bowling to all parts as he saw Swaffham home with Michael Dye, who hit two sixes at the end of the innings to ensure Swaffham reached 175 and achieved the fourth batting bonus point. Payne finished unbeaten on 60 from only 39 balls to record his second league half-century of the season.

Swaffham move seven points clear at the top of the early-season table. Swaffham now face a stiff challenge in second placed Vauxhall Mallards ‘A’ tomorrow.

MoM: Maurice Dye.

Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Shield Premier Div

Swaffham beat Swardeston by 6 wickets

Swardeston 76-10 in 34.5 overs (K. Varghese 8-3-13-1, M. Dye Snr 8-1-20-1, D. Annakin 8-3-18-3, R. Bradbury 3.5-1-4-2).

Swaffham 79-4 in 21.5 overs (M. Dye Jnr 13, T. Puckey 10, J. Payne 25, D. Annakin 16*).

Swaffham made it two wins out of two and went joint top.

They faced a Swardeston side depleted due to a Carter Cup game and an outing for the Norfolk senior side. Swaffham bowled brilliantly to keep the run-rate down and took regular wickets.

The target was achieved in 22nd over as Annakin and Dale saw the team home after some big-hitting from Jasper Payne and Michael Dye.

Swaffham aim for Premier League status for next season.