Carter Cup challenge

Mattishall of the Norfolk Alliance Division One will face EAPL Horsford for a place in the last eight of the Carter Cup. Horsford are looking to secure a third final appearance in four years.

Chris Brown's side were beaten finalists in 2008 and again last season, and they will be firm favourites for the quarter-final home clash on Sunday, June 26.

Horsford will be unable to field their Australian all-rounder Reece O'Connell, as new competition rules state that overseas players cannot play against teams below the Alliance Premier Division.

There will be an all-East Anglian Premier League clash at Brundall as nine-times winners Vauxhall Mallards host Norwich. EAPL leaders Great Witchingham are at home to Alliance Premier Division North Runcton and Swardeston, who have won the cup seven times, have been drawn at home to Acle.

In the Lady Mary Trophy, Bradenham of Alliance Division One have been drawn at home to Division Four high-flyers Hardingham.


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Carter Cup quarter-final draw: Great Witchingham v North Runcton, Horsford v Mattishall, Swardeston v Acle, Vauxhall Mallards v Norwich.

Lady Mary Trophy semi-final draw: Bungay v Diss, Bradenham v Hardingham.

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All ties to be played on Sunday, June 26.

ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE: An outstanding all-round show from Bradfield's Alex Kimber, who scored 54 and took four for 39, could not prevent defeat at Mattishall.

Looking to overhaul Mattishall's 219, which included 50 from Jay Eastoe Smith, Bradfield fell seven runs short.

BRADLEY CUP: There will be a new name on the Bradley Cup this year as holders Dereham fell at the first hurdle this year, to Fakenham.

Batting first, Dereham made an extremley creditable score of 157 in their allotted 20 overs.

A number of batsmen passed 20 but nobody went on to post a score of 50 or more.

In reply, Fakenham started brightly with the first wicket realising 60, and after 10 overs the game was evenly balanced with the score at 81 for one.

Twenty-two runs were required from the last two overs and 12 from the last over.

With two required from the final delivery, and most of the field up, it was left to Matthew Burton to clear the infield by hitting a match-winning four.

Fakenham were indebted to Luke Findlay who carried his bat for an unbeaten 65.

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