Carter Cup holders Swardeston safely through to last eight

Joe Gatting reached three figures for Swardeston. Picture: Rob Colman

Joe Gatting reached three figures for Swardeston. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

Joe Gatting led the way with a century as holders Swardeston booked their place in the last eight of the Carter Cup on Sunday.

The former Sussex all-rounder scored exactly 100 to help his side to 249-8 in their 60 overs against Vauxhall Mallards in one of two all-EAPL ties.

Jason Reynolds (28) and Jeremy Elliott (27) added some useful runs down the order while Paul Bradshaw and Adam Todd both took three wickets for the hosts.

Mallards made a decent game of it in reply but ended up 33 runs short after being bowled out for 216.

Opener Harry Barker made a fine 68 while Michael Eccles posted figures of 4-33.

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The other clash of the big guns was won by Great Witchingham, who saw off Horsford by six wickets. Horsford were staring down the barrel at 80-6 from 32 overs, with Andy Hanby having the impressive figures of 4-28. Skipper Ryan Findlay and Australian pro' Jonathan Crowe set about repairing the damage after lunch, putting together a fine partnership of 106 to take the score to 181 before Findlay was bowled by James Hale for 31.

Crowe's fine innings came to an end with score on 202 when he was bowled by Carl Rogers for 87 and it wasn't long before his side were dismissed for 210.

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In reply James Spelman and Sam Arthurton put on 63 for the first wicket before Arthurton was well caught by Robbie Bridgstock off Caleb Futter.

James Hale joined Spelman and they put together a partnership of 96 before Spelman was trapped leg before by Tom Nudd for 64. Witchingham then cantered to victory, with Hale leading the way on 72 not out.

Norfolk Alliance outfit Cromer performed well before losing to Norwich of the EAPL by 23 runs.

Norwich put themselves firmly in the driving seat by reaching 284-8, with Will O'Donnell making 85, but Cromer made a good game of it, with overseas player Devon Singh-Parhar also reaching 85.

Other scores: North Runcton 289-5 (Mark Skipper 103), Downham Market 293-7 (Patrick Yates 118no): Fakenham 150-4, Bradfield 143 (Will Dunger 6-19); Old Buckenham 308-8 (Rob Thurley 102, Nick Pentz 86), Garboldisham 156 (Thurley 4-12); Acle 360-5 (Geoff Handley 105), Ashmanhaugh and BW 102; Sprowston w/o Diss.

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