Great Witchingham beat the weather to make progress in Carter Cup

Carter Cup Final 2015 cricket action. Swardeston v Norwich. Winners - Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Carter Cup Final 2015 cricket action. Swardeston v Norwich. Winners - Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The final Carter Cup competition got off to a soggy start yesterday, with just one first round tie beating the weather

More favourable conditions in the west of the county enabled the match between North Runcton of the Norfolk Alliance and Great Witchingham of the East Anglian Premier League to go ahead as planned, albeit over 40 rather than 60 overs per side.

And it was the Witches who prevailed, edging home by seven runs in an excellent match.

They were asked to bat first on a cold afternoon and James Spelman and Sam Athurton put on 52 for the first wicket before Arthurton went for 23.

Aaron Riseborough hit two fours before becoming the second wicket to fall and Tom Collishaw and Spelman then put on 75 before the opener's fine innings came to an end with the score on 150 when he was run out for 73, following his 123 not out in the first league game last week.

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Collishaw was next to go for 34 while Mike Jones made 15 before Brett Stolworthy (22 not out) and Andy Hanby (4 not out) put on 19 to take the final score up to 198-5.

Runcton's opening pair of Mark Skipper and George Rawlings put on 30 for the first wicket before Rawlings went for 19. This brought 23-year-old South African Kirwin Christoffels, who plays first class cricket for Eastern Province, to the wicket. While he was settling in Skipper fell when he slipped and was adjudged lbw to Jones for 30.

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Christoffels then started to show his quality with a range of good shots. He was joined by skipper Coote and the pair put together a battling partnership, with Coote hitting three sixes in his 41. When Coote fell the victory was still on, with 36 required off the last four overs, but the departure of Christoffels for 61 effectively ended the Runcton chase and they fell seven runs short of their target on 191-5.

The remaining seven ties were all postponed without a ball being bowled and will now be played next Sunday. There had been hopes of a reduced overs game at The Common, where Swardeston were set to host Cromer, but early optimism proved unfounded as the light drizzle became more persistent during the day.

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