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Koen helps Burwell & Exning to victory

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While his good with the bat of late may have eluded him, Tyron Koen still produced the goods with the ball to help Burwell & Exning (246-8) chalk up a 165-run home win over Norwich (81) on Saturday.

CRICKET: Burwell & Exning v Norwich Tyron Koen Picture Mark Westley. (2579663)
CRICKET: Burwell & Exning v Norwich Tyron Koen Picture Mark Westley. (2579663)

The South African all-rounder has scored in excess of 300 runs so far in 2018, but after Burwell & Exning won the toss and elected to bat first, he could only contribute three on this occasion before being bowled by Ashley Watson.

Koen was one of five of the hosts’ batsmen to fall to the bowling of Watson, who ended with figures of 5-69 from his 18 overs.

Thankfully for Burwell & Exning, they had two batsmen in particularly good form.

Opener Tom Griffiths fell agonisingly close to his century on 97, while Paul Summerskill – the club’s leading run scorer in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League this season – chalked up a run-a-ball 69.

There were also useful knocks from Chris Summerskill (23) and Sam Rippington (22) as Burwell & Exning reached 246-8 at the 64-over mark.

After that Koen became the star of the show as he removed five visiting batsmen for the expense of just 35 runs.

From his 11 overs Koen recorded four maidens, while four of the batsmen he got out went for ducks.

Josh Arksey also made a telling impact with the ball in hand, ending his 4.3 overs with figures of 3-8.

Rippington and Nicholas Huckle, meanwhile, took the other wickets that fell as Norwich ended up a long way short of their victory target.

The result has left Burwell & Exning sixth in the standings with a return of 130 points from their nine matches.

And they will now look to build on the weekend’s positive result when they travel to face bottom-of-the-table Bury St Edmunds on Saturday (11am).

Bury have been in poor form this season, having managed to record just one victory all season.

l In the CCA Senior League Division 1, Burwell & Exning II (182-5) won by five wickets (180-8) on the road at Fulbourn Institute.

Josh Vowden bowled particularly well for the seconds with figures of 3-29 from his nine overs.

It was then over to Tom Williams to deliver the goods with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 80 runs in the ultimately successful run chase.

Matt Catley also provided a useful 28, with further knocks of 26 and 21 coming from Vowden and Gavin Jones respectively.