Great Witchingham know they must be back to their best when they host champions

Horsford batsman Jonanthan Crowe goes for a duck after being caught behind by Vauxhall Mallards wick

Horsford batsman Jonanthan Crowe goes for a duck after being caught behind by Vauxhall Mallards wicket-keeper Harry Barker. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Great Witchingham face the ultimate challenge on Saturday as they attempt to get their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League campaign back on track after a painful first defeat of the season.

The Witches face the daunting propsect of hosting defending champions Swardeston a week after a real day to forget at fellow high-flyers Sudbury.

While Swardeston were maintaining their 100 per cent record with a comfortable home win over Cambridge Granta, the Witches were suffering a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of a side who had also won their opening four games.

Having been bowled out for just 121, Sam Arthurton's side know they wil have to bat a lot better against Swardeston at Walcis Park if they are going to get anything out of the game.

There is a second EAPL derby on Saturday, with Norwich taking on Vauxhall Mallards at Ingham in a game between sides who have both lost four of their five games, while Horsford hit the road to take on Frinton.

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The quarter-finals of the Carter Cup are being staged on Sunday, with holders Swardeston having a home tie against Fakenham, currently bottom of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.

There's a derby at Barkers Lane, with Alliance outfit Sprowston taking on Norwich from the EAPL, while Great Witchingham have home advantage against Downham Town.

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One Alliance side is guaranteed to reach the last four, with newly-promoted Acle entertaining Old Buckenham in the other quarter-final.

There are also three matches in the Bob Carter/NACO Shield for teams beaten in the first round: Vauxhall Mallards v North Runcton, Bradfield v Cromer and Horsford v Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers.

Diss go straight through to the semi-finals after being handed a walk-over by Garboldisham.

Meanwhile the venue has been confirmed for Norfolk's MCCA Unicorns KO Trophy quarter-final with Staffordshire on Sunday, June 11 (11am).

The match will take place at Longton on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent, with the winners having a home tie in the last four against either Berkshire or Suffolk on July 9.

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