EAPL top two Sudbury and Swardeston go head to head at The Common

Luke Schlemmer hits a six for Great Witchingham last Saturday as Cambridge Granta wicket-keeper Mich

Luke Schlemmer hits a six for Great Witchingham last Saturday as Cambridge Granta wicket-keeper Michael Pepper looks on. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Archant

The top two go head-to-head on Saturday in the match of the season so far in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Defending champions Swardeston have home advantage for their eagerly-awaited encounter with Sudbury, who are setting the pace after winning nine of their opening 10 matches.

With Swardeston having drawn a couple of games as well as losing one they are currently 21 points off the pace – so they could go top with an emphatic win.

Sudbury, meanwhile, know a victory would take them well clear so the scene is set for a fascinating encounter at The Common, which gets under way at 11am.

Third-placed Great Witchingham make the short journey to Manor Park to take on Horsford in need of a boost after losing their previous two fixtures. Last week's frustrating one-wicket reverse against Cambridge Granta left them 29 points behind Swardeston.

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Elsewhere, Norwich are at home to Copdock and Ipswichian and Vauxhall Mallards host Frinton.

Swardeston have another big home match to look forward to on Sunday as their defence of the Carter Cup continues.

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The holders will be taking on Great Witchingham at The Common in the semi-finals of the 60-over competition, while in the other tie Norwich are at home to the only Norfolk Alliance survivors, Old Buckenham.

The Bucks are also going well in the league and will be aiming to hold on to top spot in the Premier Division tomorrow when they make the short journey to third-placed Brooke, the defending champions.

It's desperately tight at the top, with just three points separating the top four sides. Second-placed Cromer travel to North Runcton while Downham Town, in fourth place, host Fakenham.

The semi-finals of the Bob Carter Naco Cup are being staged on Sunday, with Vauxhall Mallards hosting Horsford in an all-EAPL tie, and Cromer entertaining Diss.

Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the NW Brown-sponsored Norfolk 20/20 competition get under way at Manor Park on Tuesday evening with a match between Vauxhall Mallards and Great Witchingham.

The game starts at 6pm and there is no entry charge,

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