Frinton came unstuck with the weather conditions having lost the toss at home and been inserted by Great Witchingham to bat in overcast conditions. The visitors secured a quick breakthrough when Michael Griggs received a superb delivery from Jonathan Spelman which he could only edge behind. He was quickly joined in the pavilion by fellow opener Joe Fowler judged LBW for 15 and Skipper Kyran Young bowled by Spelman for 12. When Mervyn Westfield was bowled by Andy Hanby for 2 Frinton were in all sorts of trouble at 33 for 4.
It took the experience of Michael Comber to settle the innings with a steadfast 72 and when Dom Stockdale (38) joined Comber in a 61 run 8th wicket partnership some respectability was added to the score. Frinton’s lower order added little after Stockdale and then Comber departed as the home team reached 162 all out.
Inevitably the sun came out as the Witchingham innings started and the batting conditions improved remarkably. The Norfolk CCC opening pair of James Spelman & Sam Arthurton looked comfortable until Comber dismissed Spelman for 9. Comber bowled 10 overs upfront only conceding 27 runs and unlucky not to take another wicket after a poor drop in the field. Norfolk player Jimmy Hale was next to the crease and with Arthurton pushed the score over the century mark. Mervyn Westfield got the breakthrough when Hale was caught by Barbadian Kemar Smith for 33. However the game was then swung heavily in Frintons favour when Dan Carter was brought into the attack. Carter bowled well to take 3 wickets for 33 off his 7 overs. Westfield chipped in with 2 further wickets and the visitors were reeling at 125 for 7.
However Jonathan Spelman and Hanby showed their resolve as they stemmed the flood of wickets and with unbeaten 16 & 10 respectively they saw Witchingham over the line with 3 wickets in hand and 10 overs to spare.
Frinton’s next home game is against Haverhill at 1pm on Saturday in the Two Counties Division 1 whilst the 1st XI travel to Bury St Edmunds in the East Anglian Premier League