CANNONS got their home campaign up and running with an impressive 87-68 victory against Meru's second team, at Clacton Leisure Centre.

They took two points from the contest and are the early leaders in division two of the Suffolk Senior League.

On a night of drama, a fantastic display by the whole team saw them come out on top against one of the early-season title favourites.

There was only one referee for the match - something both teams were made aware of and agreed to beforehand - which meant a few fouls went unpunished.

Clacton-based Cannons dealt with this well, though, and maintained their lead throughout.

By the end of the first period, they were 11 points ahead.

This proved crucial as the next three periods were much more even, although the Cannons did manage to outscore their opponents by one, three and four points respectively.

Everyone in the team was able to have some court time and many were making their first home appearance for the senior team.

Man-of-the-match Harrison Low said: “Both teams played well but it got a bit heated at times.

"I was very pleased with my performance as I'm a shy individual and I could hear everyone, including my family, cheering me on.

"When I came on I had a good start and got five out of six points on the free throws and then a lay up.

"I was unlucky with a three-pointer that rattled in and then out of the basket.

"The more I played the more I seemed to gain confidence and this is due to (coach) Chris Tight's guidance and the team’s camaraderie."

Next up for Cannons is a home match against Bury Bulldogs' second team, on Friday night at Clacton Leisure Centre (tip-off 7.40pm).