FRINTON showed their battling qualities to record another important victory ahead of this weekend's crunch clash against leaders Swardeston.

Mike Comber's men won by 28 runs at Horsford, to stay second in the East Anglian Premier League.

They have now won six of their seven matches so far, with one fixture having been abandoned.

And it sets things up nicely for Saturday's showdown with Swardeston - who have won seven out of seven - at Ashlyns Road.

Not that Frinton had it all their own way at Manor Park.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first, they got off to an awful start.

The shell-shocked visitors found themselves four for three after the cheap early wickets of Tom Sinclair (one), Kyran Young (three) and Blaine Bannister (0).

However, Comber dug them out of a hole by scoring his first century of the season, making 101 from 163 balls.

His wonderful knock included six fours and three sixes and he was backed up by Ashley Watson (38) and James Baker (30 not out) as Frinton finished on 205 for nine from 64 overs.

In reply, Horsford made a stuttering start before being dismissed for 177.

Sri Lankan Dulanjala Mendis was the main thorn in their side, returning three wickets for 30 runs in 16.4 overs.

Watson, another close-season signing, also took three wickets, for 41 runs in 18 overs, while Ollie Bocking finished with two for 60.

There were also wickets for Young and Bannister as Frinton pocketed 27 points.

They are just two points behind pacesetters Swardeston, who won by seven wickets at home to Burwell and Exning.