Danny Cash proud of Garboldisham’s Carter Cup feat

Garboldisham captain Danny Cash insists his young side have nothing to fear ahead of one of the biggest matches in the club's 150-year history on Sunday.

Cash's side, who lead Norfolk Alliance Division Three, travel to Premier Division Sprowston in the semi-finals of the prestigious Carter Cup competition.

After beating Division One leaders Mattishall in the quarter-finals, Garboldisham must now produce an even bigger upset to get through to the final, against Norwich, on August 12.

Cash said: 'The mindset is that we've got nothing to lose. We've beaten the top side in Division One which proves we are good enough to be playing against teams of that ability. We'll play hard and we'll play to win, but the best team will win on the day – hopefully that is us, but if not then we'll wish Sprowston the best of luck.

'We're playing a Premier Division side so it's always going to be tough, which you expect when you get to the semi-finals of the county cup competition.

'They've got some very good cricketers and the run they have had in cup competitions this year just proves that on their day they can be as good as anyone in the county.

'But we have got plenty of ability. We're a good young side and some of our players play at county level in their age groups. It's just a matter of getting it right on the day.'

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At 25, Cash is the oldest player in the Garboldisham side and he admits Sunday is a big occasion for him personally.

'I first went up to the ground one Sunday morning when I was 10 years old, so to be leading the club out on Sunday in the biggest game they have played in will make me proud,' he said. 'To be doing it with a young side makes it a good day for the club to showcase what we have been working hard to achieve in the development of youth players. So yes, I will be immensely proud.

'We have some guys who played in the club's original Carter Cup side coming to watch, although they never got as far as this in the competition. We'll be looking to put on a good show and to push another step to the final, but of course we know it will be very difficult.'

Having been relegated from Division Two last season, Garboldisham now appear to be heading firmly in the right direction – backed up by some major improvements at their picturesque ground. An extended clubhouse with four changing rooms was opened in 2010 and earlier this season England women's captain Charlotte Edwards officially unveiled the club's new �32,000 nets.

'Last year was disappointing,' said Cash. 'We struggled with a bit of inexperience and naivet�. This year we've all come together and we're looking to get promoted again. We've got a huge game against Old Buckenham A, who are second, on Saturday, so it's a big weekend for us.

'The pleasing thing for me is that we're heading in the right direction with a young group of players and hopefully we can continue that between now and the end of the season.

'We've got one of the best groundsmen in the county in Andy Smith, who produces a good wicket every week. With the new nets and the extended pavilion our facilities are better than a Division Three club, it's just a matter of getting the playing side up to a higher level now.'

• In the East Anglian Premier League tomorrow, Great Witchingham host Swardeston, Horsford are at home to Halstead and Vauxhall Mallards face Bury St Edmunds at Brundall.

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