EAPL sides score over 1,200 runs between them in Carter Cup

Swardeston's Stephen Gray made Fakenham's bowlers suffer on Sunday. Picture: Tim Ferley

Swardeston's Stephen Gray made Fakenham's bowlers suffer on Sunday. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Archant

There were runs galore in the quarter-finals of the Bob Carter Cup on Sunday - with the three East Anglian Premier League survivors scoring over 1,200 between them.

Three of the ties saw EAPL sides bat first against Norfolk Alliance opposition, and in each case the big guns notched up huge totals before going on to win with ease.

The highest scorers were Norwich, who made a whopping 424-6 in their 60 overs against Sprowston, thanks largely to Lewis Sexton and Will O'Donnell, who put on 230 for the second wicket.

Sexton made 155 in 139 balls, with 22 fours and five sixes, while O'Donnell's contribution was 124 in 110 with 13 fours and a six.

Sprowston had no realistic chance of chasing down their mammoth target and were bowled out for 101, with opener Laurie Ollerton making a brave 46 and Ashley Watson taking four wickets for two runs in 16 deliveries.

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It was equally one-sided at Swardeston, who beat Fakenham by 257 runs after reaching 409-5. Stephen Gray was the main contributor, making 174 (15 fours and five sixes) to complete a superb run of scoring in three different forms of the game.

He made 54 on Friday as Swardeston beat Great Witchingham by 39 runs in the National Twenty20 competition and followed that up with 84 against the same opposition in the EAPL before really opening up in the Carter Cup.

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Jason Reynolds was out for 99 as Swardeston piled up the runs before Fakenham were bowled out for 152, with Dale Reynolds taking 4-22.

There was another comfortable win for Witchingham, with centuries for the first three batsmen in their win over Downham. The platform was set by an opening stand of 182 by James Spelman and Sam Arthurton. Arthurton made 111 from 69 balls and the momentum was maintained by Matthew Long who brought up his century in 70 balls while Spelman (116) scored his second hundred of the weekend in a total of 376-6. In reply Downham made a spirited response, with half centuries for skipper Pat Yates and James Gould in a respectable 272 all out.

In the other tie Old Buckenham squeezed home by two wickets after dismissing hosts Acle for 194,

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