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Norwich and Swardeston ready to lock horns again in Carter Cup final

Jordan Taylor batting for Swardeston against Norwich in last season's Carter Cup final. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jordan Taylor batting for Swardeston against Norwich in last season's Carter Cup final. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The Carter Cup final sees Swardeston and Norwich go head to head for the third successive season on Monday.

The Swardeston squad which won the 2016 Bob Carter Cup final, beating Norwich at Manor Park. Picture: Kevin Denmark The Swardeston squad which won the 2016 Bob Carter Cup final, beating Norwich at Manor Park. Picture: Kevin Denmark

Norwich took the bragging rights in 2015 thanks to a 45-run victory but Swardeston hit back last year with an emphatic 95-run triumph at Manor Park.

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The reigning champions have already lifted the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 trophy this season, beating Norwich with 13 runs to spare in the group stages.

They face a fight to win the East Anglian Premier League title for a sixth successive season though, with Sudbury 21 points ahead of them with four games remaining ahead of today’s action.

Wicketkeeper for Norwich, Jason Blake, moves to catch the ball bowled by Dominic Mirner, with Swardeston's Jordan Taylor batting during the 2016 Carter Cup final. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Wicketkeeper for Norwich, Jason Blake, moves to catch the ball bowled by Dominic Mirner, with Swardeston's Jordan Taylor batting during the 2016 Carter Cup final. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The two sides drew in the league at the end of last month, when Norwich had scored 251 for nine at The Common and the hosts were on 161 for two with 26 overs remaining before the weather intervened.

Swardeston also won the first EAPL meeting of the season though, at Ingham in May, being bowled out for 219 but restricting the hosts to 212 for eight in the 50-over match.

Both teams have named almost full-strength squads, although Norwich skipper Ashley Watson is unavailable and Swardeston are without the experience of skipper Mark Thomas, who doesn’t play in the Carter Cup these days, with vice-captain Joe Gatting in charge.

It will be 30 years almost to the day that Swardeston won their first Carter Cup in 1987 since which time they have won the competition, including that victory on eight occasions. Norwich have lifted the trophy on three occasions with their last success being in 2015.

Competition secretary, David Coe, said: “This season is the 49th year of the Carter Cup in it’s present format which is a great credit to the Carter family and the various administrators over the many years; the 50th anniversary of the competition will go ahead in 2018 with a familiar name on the trophy.

“The current winning record is held by Vauxhall Mallards with 10 victories including a hat-trick of wins between 1995 to 1997.”

The match is scheduled to start at 10.30am at Manor Park and will be 60 overs per side, with organisers hoping for a good attendance as this year’s Carter competitions come to a conclusion.

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