Win over leaders is title boost
East Anglian Premier League Godmanchester (122) beat Swardeston (82) by 40 runs MASTERFUL bowling performances from both pace and spin left Godmanchester with a real tilt at the title after beating the league leaders. Skipper Bevis Moynan admitted being
East Anglian Premier League
Godmanchester (122) beat Swardeston (82) by 40 runs
MASTERFUL bowling performances from both pace and spin left Godmanchester with a real tilt at the title after beating the league leaders.
Skipper Bevis Moynan admitted being both delighted and surprised at his side's victory, confessing he did not think his side had posted a big enough total to defend.
It was Paul Swannell's turn to star this week, mopping up the Swardeston tail as he returned superb figures of 4-8.
Moynan won the toss for the fourth consecutive week and opted to bat.
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Long grass in the outfield meant Godmanchester's total of 122 was worth more than it seemed, but many spectators will have expected the league leaders to knock off the runs.
Visiting spinner George Walker claimed a career-best 6-24 and it seemed to have put the Norfolk side on their way to victory as Goddy's batting line-up toiled.
Matt Durrant and Ollie Huggins put on 27 for the first wickets in an innings of very modest scoring.
Walker's introduction to the attack at 64-2 had the home side in a spin and the talented Swardeston man bowled unchanged through the innings.
Wayne Bradley and top scorer Matt Pateman (25) fell to Walker, who tore through the Godmanchester middle-order.
Only Adam Cousins and Stuart Houghton provided much resistance for Goddy as they fell to 122 all out.
Things looked shaky for Godmanchester, who knew they had to keep their visitors' score down to retain any realistic title ambitions.
Moynan claimed the first two visiting wickets in his third over, and at 7-2 the visitors suddenly looked in trouble.
Rob Newton (29) and Sims (17) steadied the ship but it was Jayasundera's leg spin and Swannell's pace that soon proved their undoing.
The visitors collapsed from 77-5 to 82 all out as Godmanchester claimed victory by 40 runs.
The hosts took 20 points from the match, moving to within 11 points of the top of the league and looking set for their best ever EAPL finish.
Chairman James Leet said: "We never imagined for a moment we would be pushing for the title and this performance summed up our attitude this season."
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