Frinton got off to a good start to their 2017 East Anglian Premier League campaign with a 3 wicket win over Norwich
Mervyn Westfield & Dan Carter started keenly with Westfield removing both Norwich openers cheaply and Carter chipping in with a wicket to leave the visitors struggling on 10 for 3. Norwich were clearly beginning to regret their Captains decision to bat having won the toss. Resistance to the Frinton onslaught finally came from Skipper Ashley Watson (13) and Louis Sexton (33)
Frinton Skipper Kyran Young then brought himself on to bowl and tore through the visitors with a devastating spell taking 4 wickets for 17 runs including a hat-trick which removed Watson, Sexton & King in consecutive balls.
Frinton’s latest overseas from their arrangement with the Barbados Cricket Association 23 year old Kemar Smith (younger brother of legend Dwayne Smith) chipped in with a wicket and with Westfield returning to clear up the tail to finish with excellent figures of 3 for 17 the visitors were all out for 110.
The Frinton reply started poorly with Michael Griggs caught behind for 4. Skipper Young then dropped anchor for 30 and the game looked all but over until Watson secured a remarkable five LBW decisions & Frinton were on the back-foot at 103 for 7. Having strengthened the lower order in the close season any nerves quickly disappeared as Lewis Catlow & Tom Benn steered the home team home with 3 wickets in hand.
Skipper Young was pleased with the points but pointed out the change of game format over was not his choice ‘We joined the Premier League looking to test ourselves in the timed games which we have greatly enjoyed. We now have 50 over games in the first and last quarters of the season following a league meeting at which only Swardeston and Frinton voted against this’
Frinton’s 2nd XI travelled to Worlington but fell short of the host 245 by 19 runs despite a century from Johnny Hambrook. A combined Frinton 1st & 2nd XI travelled to Sawbridgeworth on Sunday in the Clubs first outing in the National Club Championship which saw an easy 6 wicket victory and an away tie in the next round to Colchester & East Essex on Sunday 14th May.
Frinton’s next home game is against Hadleigh at 1pm on Saturday with first team players available for selection following the postponement of the 1st XI fixture away to Cambridge Granta until the following day