FRINTON Cricket Club captain Mike Comber insists he and his players will relish the challenge of being league leaders.

Saturday's victory against Mildenhall, coupled with previous pacesetters Swardeston slipping up at Saffron Walden, means the Ashlyns Road outfit have gone from being the hunters to the hunted, in the Read Brothers Ltd East Anglian Premier League.

They now have a nine-point lead at the summit and will hope to strengthen their grip with a victory from this weekend's trip to Cambridge Granta.

Comber knows rival sides will hope to knock them off their perch but is ready to embrace that challenge.

"I think we'll be very strong frontrunners," he told the Gazette.

"We just need to stick to our gameplan and keep doing what we do best.

"We're not going to get carried away and every game is going to be huge, but there's so much to be positive about and we deserve to be top.

"We're there on merit.

"Not only have we not lost a game yet, we should have even more points of the board and have been unlucky with the weather.

"We've got 200 points from ten matches - an average of 20 a game - but that total should be closer to 250."

Comber was delighted with last weekend's thrilling 36-run victory against Mildenhall, at Ashlyns Road.

Frinton batted first and made 251 for seven, before dismissing the Suffolk side for 215.

Kyran Young's 76 was the highlight, along with 50 from Miguel Machado and 30 from James Baker.

Comber then starred with the ball, returning stunning figures of six wickets for 25 runs in 14.2 overs.

"I was so pleased for KY (Young)," said the Frinton skipper.

"He really dug in and it's the best he's batted all season.

"He found ways to score runs in conditions that weren't particularly batting-friendly early on.

"He looked fluent and natural and he's one of the best and most elegant batsman to watch in the whole league.

"He's been a bit out of form but when he's in full flow, his driving, cutting and hooking is a joy to watch and very easy on the eye.

"Hopefully this will give him confidence with his batting but also his bowling, heading into the middle part of the season."

Comber, who thanked the club's loyal supporters for getting behind his team throughout the day, was delighted with his own six-wicket haul, saying how pleasing it is to achieve personal milestones, and also praised the cameo innings of Machado and Baker.

"They dug in and gave us the best possible opportunity to win the game," said the Frinton captain.

"They scored 60 to 70 runs in six or seven overs and that got us to the 250-mark.

"Between them, there was some exceptional ball-striking and those runs proved all-important."