Rivals could meet again in semi-finals


Old foes Vauxhall Mallards and Swardeston bid to set up another potential Carter Cup final classic in Sunday’s quarter final ties.

Mallards edged out the current EAPL leaders in a thrilling last ball epic at Manor Park last season – the duo’s third consecutive final shoot out. Swardeston face Lowestoft with a semi final spot at stake after cruising into the last eight with a comfortable 55 run win over Norwich.

Mallards must overcome a Great Witchingham side buoyed by a stirring league draw on the opening day of the EAPL season. Former Norfolk skipper Paul Bradshaw’s heroics with bat and ball denied Dennis Rogers’ men a surprise victory.

“I think aside from Swardeston you couldn’t get a tougher draw,” said Rogers. “But we also know on our day we can give any team in the league a game. Mallards were without Trevor Ward that day but I remember Paul Bradshaw bowled very well and then batted to keep us out at the end. We came off with a draw but we deserved to win. I’m certain if we play well and to the best of our ability we can give them another good game.

“One of our aims before the season was to get through to a final. We got to the semis last year and I think the semis of the Stan Biss the year before but we haven’t quite taken that last step.”

Rogers’ men also face Carter Cup runners-up Swardeston in the semis of the Stan Biss Trophy later this month.

“The way I look at it is you have to be very fortunate to avoid one of those two sides in these cup competitions,” he said. “If you aim to win it you will probably have to beat one of them along the way. The players showed in the shorter format of the game this week what we can do. Swardeston hadn’t been beaten for a long while. If the boys are focussed we can push these sides all the way.”

Horsford bid to avoid a potential banana skin against giant killers North Runcton who squeezed past EAPL outfit Fakenham in the previous round. Acle host Downham in an all Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier tussle to complete the quarter final line up.

Article courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press


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