It was a case of a bad toss to lose on Saturday for morning leaders Swardeston at Horsford. Being put in in extremely testing conditions they struggled to 64-5 after 35 overs at lunch, in form Peter Lambert top scoring with an impressive 28 as he battled well in the tricky conditions, Luke Caswell taking 3 for 25 off his opening 14 over spell. Chris Sabburg took 5 for 34 as the Swardeston lower order failing to take advantage of the improving conditions with only Mark Thomas providing resistance with 27. In reply Horsford posted 50 before losing a wicket, in fact two both openers falling in successive overs. Very quickly it was 57-4 and the game was in the balance, but a patient innings from Caswell saw Horsford home as he added 21 with Jonny Atkinson and an unbeaten 37 with Chris Spenceley. George Walker took 3 for 35 from 18 overs and Jaden Hatwell 2 for 34 from 16 as the pair made Horsford earn every run, taking five more overs to score runs than Swardeston in much easier conditions.
Swardeston’s second string beat Norwich A by 156 runs at The Common. Sapumal Herathge hit a season best 72 and a seventh wicket partnership of 57 between veteran Peter Thomas (45) and 12 year old Callum Taylor (40*) saw the host post a formidable total. In reply the visitors were never in the hunt as Sam Thelwell (6-46) and Dale Reynolds (2-30) ripped into the Norwich top order.
The thirds lost a close game to Mattishall at Hilltops by two wickets. Swardeston posted 157 with Rob Ebbage top scoring with 40 and given good support from Kevin Cooper (28) and Peter Reynolds (17), David Horrex scored a quickfire unbeaten 16 at the end. Mattishall opening bowler B Bourke taking 3 for 21. In reply Mattishall were always ahead of the run rate but three wickets each for Matt Hogg and Cooper saw the visitors scrape home with just two wickets to spare.
The CEYMS side had to settle for a losing draw at Lowestoft A, the hosts posted 236 for 4 thanks to an unbeaten 101 from K Storey who was well supported by Marcus Bishop (65) as they added 113 for the second wicket. Stuart Bartram took 2 for 39 from his 12 over spell. In reply Swardeston added 53 for the first wicket, through Freddie Ruffel (27) and Robbie Bridgstock (21). Four quick wickets reduced the reply to 63-4 but Jason Reynolds (39*) and Tom Snelling (55*) saw the visitors safely to a draw with an unbeaten stand of 96.
On Sunday at The Common Swardeston eased through to the Carter Cup semi-final with an emphatic nine wicket victory over Diss. The visitors, who chose to bat, were dismissed for just 87. Richard Sims led the way in the field with five catches to add to his 3 for 14. Michael Eccles, Sam Thelwell and Daniel Martin all taking two wickets, with George Walker taking one. Sims then made sure of the victory with the bat hitting an undefeated 45. Will Rist (13) was the only man out while Peter Lambert hit an unbeaten 23 off just 12 balls to see the game home.
At Hilltops, Swardeston reached the semi-finals of the Mid Norfolk Sunday Challenge Cup with a comprehensive 10 wicket victory over Fakenham. The visitors posted 108 with Alex Bilham (4-41) the chief wicket taker. He was well backed up by Robbie Micklethwaite (2-7) and Dale Reynolds (2-17). In reply Ben Shearing (68*) and Robbie Bridgstock (30*) saw the hosts reach their target in the 20th over.