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Cambridge Granta beat Norwich by three wickets at Clare to become 2010 Gibbs Denly East Anglian Premier League Champions.

Not for the first time, Granta skipper Jason Coleman won the toss and invited the opposition to bat.

Ollie Higginbottam went first ball but Russell Emmanuel and Harry Bush carried the score to 51 before Emmanuel was dismissed.

Bush went on to complete a century, making 115 not out from 188 balls with 11 fours and a six.

Norwich finished on 229 for nine after their 66. In reply Granta had to wait until the penultimate over to record victory, thanks, in the main to Craig Park (94) and Richard Hesketh (44).

So congratulations to Jason and his team. They have been front runners for most of the season and not cracked under pressure.

Theoretically Saffron Walden can still catch Granta, as they play each other next week. However the following would need to happen: Walden need to bat first and then obtain the maximum 30 points, while Granta get nil.

Then Granta would need to bowl their overs so slowly that the umpires on the day have to deduct two or more points from them. Should that happen Saffron Walden would be champions. But that scenario is pretty unlikely.

Walden did as much as they could to cling on to Granta's coat tails by beating Burwell by 141 runs. Walden's batters (bar Tom Westley) all got runs, with Giles Ecclestone (52) top scoring in their total of 250 for seven declared.

Burwell had no answer to the bowling of Joe Barrs who captured 5-12 to bowl the hosts out for a meagre 109 in the 29th over.

Clacton dispelled their relegation threat with a win over their old rivals from Bury. Bury were indebted to Justin Bishop's 50 and 38 not out from Mark Nunn down the order to reach 139 all out.

The pick of the Clacton bowlers was Tumi Masekela with 5-54 from 17 overs. Clacton's batting has been their problem for most of the season, and without Michael Comber and Ben Foakes their tail was extremely long.

An opening stand of 65 set them on their way but 65 without loss soon became 95 for four and the wobbles were definitely visible.

Skipper Martyn Cull however produced the goods under pressure. His 70 not out saved his side and made sure that they avoided relegation, enabling them to reach their target in the 45th over.

Granta's win consigned Swardeston's challenge to the dustbin for this season. They successfully chased 216 at Fakenham, where Sanjay Rodrigo (63) and Gayan Wijekoon (55) had helped Fakenham to 216 for five from their full quota.

Swardeston were in a bit of trouble at 39 for two but the two old stagers Richard Sims (80) and Jaden Hatwell (48) put on 98 for the third wicket to get them into a winning position where Peter Lambert (23) George Walker (16*) and Ian Tofts (10*) saw them home off the final ball of the 55th over.

Great Witchingham beat Horsford in a low scoring encounter at Manor Park. Witchingham made 150 for nine from their 66 (James Spelman 46) while Chris Brown bagged himself another Michelle (5-30).

Horsford never made a fist of the run chase, eventually falling 17 runs short of victory, but that was only because the last two wickets put on 47. James Hale took 5-31 to set up the win.

Halstead's hopes of avoiding relegation nosedived when they were unable to chase down 134 against Mallards. Peter Free made 65 for Mallards as they were routed for 134 in 49 overs.

Matt Spatcher mopping up the tail with 4-34 from 17. Halstead's big guns, Spatcher and Amit Gupta made 31 and 21 respectively, but from a position of relative strength at 39 for two they capitulated to be bowled out for 69 in the 30th over.

Finally, congratulations to Mark Thomas and his Swardeston team who have made it through to the Cockspur T20 semi final, and an appearance on Sky TV when they visit The Rose Bowl (Hampshire) on September 23rd for Finals Day.