Norwich complete golden weekend with Mid Norfolk Sunday League’s Norfolk Junior Cup win

PUBLISHED: 15:27 14 September 2012

The Mid Norfolk Sunday League’s Norfolk Junior Cup final went down to the wire as Norwich beat Swaffham by three runs.

Norwich, who had clinched the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division title the day before, elected to bat first at Sprowston, with each side allotted 16 eight-ball overs.

Norwich lost early wickets before man-of-the-match Matt Gyton (44 from 40 balls) steered his side to a commanding total of 145 for seven. Swaffham’s Michael Dye claimed three for 47.

Swaffham openers Mark Eagle (59) and Jasper Payne (32) put on 83, but they then collapsed as Lewis Sexton bagged four for 37.

A six from the penultimate ball of the match left Swaffham needing a boundary to win, but Norwich held on to lift the cup – with Swaffham left to rue the 37 extras they conceded.

The Bernard Matthews Cup final between Downham and Swardeston, played in the same format, was also held at Sprowston on Sunday.

Downham chose to bat first and Patrick Yates (45) and Addam Todd (25) gave them a solid base.

Australian Harry Evans then blasted 71 from 41 balls, with six fours and two sixes, as Downham posted an impressive 175 for five.

Swardeston opener Steven Cadge smashed four sixes in a fiery 39, but the innings petered out and they were all out for 148 in the final over to hand Downham a 27-run win.

Evans, who also took two wickets, was named man-of-the-match.

• Norfolk & Suffolk Over-70s’ slender chance of winning the Spitfire County Championship ended with a 53-run defeat against Kent at Bromley last week.

The hosts batted first and Barry Smith hit 65no as they posted 186 for five. Roddy Murphy (two for 44) was the most successful Norfolk & Suffolk bowler.

Mike Smith (29) and Dougie Andrews (31) added 60 in the Norfolk & Suffolk reply, but they were all out for 133.

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