Frinton left five Swardeston with a narrow loss but a feeling that they are getting close to the five times champions.
Swardeston won the toss and asked Frinton to bat on one of the hottest days of the year to date. The near perfect batting conditions saw Mike Griggs get his team off to a flyer. Fellow opener Joe Fowler departed in just 7 but Griggs and skipper Kyran Young then put on a 101 run 2nd wicket partnership until Griggs was caught by a stunning catch by Swardeston keeper Steve Gray for 78. Young had managed 45 when he top edged a ball to depart for 45. With Merv Westfield & Kemar Smith both only managing 5 runs it fell to Frinton keeper Tom Benn to steady the innings. In-form all-rounder Mike Comber had been put down the order due to illness but when he emerged he joined in a 106 run 7th wicket partnership with Benn who was caught hitting out for 53 runs. Comber held his bat for an unbeaten 53 with Frinton making 290 for 7 which the visitors felt could have been 30 or so more had Comber batted in his usual position.
Swardeston set about the run chase with gusto until Westfield bowled opener Pete Lambert for 30. This brought England Under 19 Captain & Essex man Callum Taylor to the crease. Taylor took full advantage of the conditions with a classy 120 despite having been badly dropped on 97. Frinton managed to accumulate 6 wickets but the hosts never looked in danger of failing in their chase and cruised home with 4 wickets in hand and 2 overs to spare.
Frinton are showing they can compete with the best but were left asking whether the result might have been different has they had a fully fit team on the day.
Frintons host Burwell on Saturday at Ashlyns Road in an EAPL 120 over match which starts at 11 am