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Great Witchingham have chances to prove they are still EAPL title contenders

PUBLISHED: 07:52 04 August 2017

Swardeston B bowler Blake Bowden takes the wicket of Martyn Ramm during last Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Division Three match at Bungay. 
Picture: Nick Butcher

Swardeston B bowler Blake Bowden takes the wicket of Martyn Ramm during last Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Division Three match at Bungay. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Great Witchingham are aiming to prove the battle for the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League title is not a two-horse race.

The Witches made up ground on Sudbury and Swardeston last week as they beat the weather to see off Mildenhall in double quick time while their rivals were forced to settle for draws.

The gap to leaders Sudbury is now down to just 22 points, while Swardeston are a mere 16 points above them – and with both sides on Witchingham’s fixture list in the next two weeks there is still everything to play for.

Sam Arthurton’s side have home advantage against the long-time front-runners on Saturday (11am) and then travel to The Common on Saturday week to take on a Swardeston side who are at Cambridge Granta first.

Elsewhere there’s a derby match at Halvergate, with Vauxhall Mallards taking on Horsford, while Norwich host Burwell at Postwick.

There’s an important game at the foot of the Cecil Amey Norfolk Alliance Premier Division, with relegation-threatened Fakenham travelling to Garboldisham, the side immediately above them. The gap between the two is currently 11 points, so it’s a game the visitors really need to win to give themselves a decent chance of avoiding the drop into the second tier, having been an EAPL side not so long ago.

Leaders Downham Town visit a seemingly-doomed Sprowston, while Cromer – 16 points behind them – are at Acle.

Arrangements have been confirmed for the finals of this year’s major county knock-out competitions. The action concludes in traditional fashion with the final of the Bob Carter Cup at Manor Park, with Swardeston taking on Norwich.

Full programme: NACO Shield - Swaffham v Thetford, Dereham CC, Sunday, August 6 (1pm), umpires Adrian Tebbutt and Terry Pyle; Lady Mary Trophy - Martham v Brooke, Sunday August 13 (12), Rob Poole and Paul Horsfield; NACO Cup - Cromer v Mallards, Old Buckenham CC (12), Ian Lovick and John Hansell; Bob Carter Cup - Swardeston v Norwich, Bank Holiday Monday, August 28 (10.30am), Martyn Pointer and Brett Gates.

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