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Koen stars for Burwell & Exning CC

Tyron Koen was the star of the show as Burwell & Exning (279-9) won their home Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League encounter on Saturday against Vauxhall Mallards (194) by 85 runs.

Burwell & Exning v Vauxhall Mallards Tyron Koen (2091402)
Burwell & Exning v Vauxhall Mallards Tyron Koen (2091402)

Coming in to bat at number six, the South African entered the action with his side seemingly struggling.

However, alongside captain Joe Tetley, he not only steadied the Burwell & Exning innings, but went on to score an unbeaten century.

Koen, who played for neighbours Mildenhall during the second half of last season, finished up on 126 runs from just 113 deliveries – a knock that included 10 fours and two sixes.

Club chairman Wayne Hardy said: “We are delighted with how Tyron has started – he is a really good lad.

“We knew how good a player he was and as a club we took the decision early to get him in for this season.

“It was a good knock, especially because when he came in there was a little bit of pressure after those early wickets had fallen.

“But alongside Joe he really kicked on and it was a classy innings from both of them.”

Batting first, Burwell & Exning found themselves reduced to 33-3 before skipper Tetley entered the action.

He went on to score a well-made 62, eventually falling to the bowling of the away team’s Nicholas Smit.

Koen then took centre stage, with late knocks of 18 from both Josh Arksey and Sam Rippington helping to push the home team on to 279-9 after 64 overs.

Having starred with the bat, Koen also went on to deliver the goods with the ball in hand.

He ended with figures of 5-59 from 18 overs, ably assisted by Rippington (3-58) as the visiting Mallards finished some way short of their victory target.

And on an extra positive note for the recently-amalgamated club, it was the first EAPL match played at their Exning base, with this season’s other previous home matches having been hosted at Burwell.

“We were really pleased with how it played,” added Hardy.

“The ground looked immaculate and the umpires were very happy with everything.

“There was 400+ runs scored and plenty of wickets fell – it was a really good start.

“It has been a good start all round with the two clubs coming together.

“If you rush these things they tend to go wrong but we put a lot of work in early to give it a decent chance of taking off.

“Right now it looks to be paying off and long may it continue.”

The win over Mallards has left Burwell & Exning fifth in the latest EAPL standings after five rounds of matches.

On Saturday they make the trip to second-placed Swardeston – a side that won the division five years in a row prior to Sudbury’s triumph in 2017.