Norfolk aiming to put record defeat behind them by qualifying for last eight

Swardeston batsman Jason Reynolds is one of the new faces in the Norfolk side for the game at Cumber

Swardeston batsman Jason Reynolds is one of the new faces in the Norfolk side for the game at Cumberland. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Archant

Norfolk will be aiming to put a bad day at the office behind them tomorrow by claiming the win they need to reach the last eight of the MCCA Unicorns Knock-out Trophy.

After winning their opening two fixtures at Manor Park, Ashley Watson's side were on the wrong end of a 237-run drubbing against Lincolnshire at Bracebridge Heath last weekend.

In terms of runs it was the heaviest one-day defeat in the county's history, comfortably eclipsing the 191-run loss to Kent in the 2002 C&G Trophy.

Lincolnshire's total of 381-3 was also the biggest score against Norfolk in the trophy's history.

The fact that Norfolk went on to make only 144 in reply added further salt to the wounds although the good news for Watson and his team is that their fate is still firmly into their own hands going into the final group game against Cumberland.


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With Lincolnshire having already qualified on six points and Cambridgeshire having completed their fixtures on four, Norfolk are currently third in Group Three on run rate, having also picked up four points, while Cumberland are fourth with two points.

That means it's set to be a winner-takes-all showdown at Netherfield, with the successful team likely to qualify in second position for an away quarter-final.

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Norfolk have made three changes following last Sunday's defeat, with James Hale, Robbie Bridgstock and Matthew Taylor dropping out and batsman Jason Reynolds, all-rounder Ryan Findlay and paceman Adam Todd coming in,

Swardeston youngster Reynolds stated his case for inclusion last Saturday when he top-scored with 64 to help his side to a tense seven-run win over Norwich in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Findlay also starred for Horsford in their defeat at Copdock and Ipswichian, making 60, while Todd took 4-60 as Vauxhall Mallards edged past Burwell by one wicket.

Norfolk: S Arthurton, J Taylor, R Taylor, L Denmark, J Reynolds, A Watson (cpt), R Finlay, B Coote, B Stolworthy, S Groves (wkt), A Todd.

Cumberland: W Hale, R Zelem, S Dutton, G Pratt, M Slack, M McKiernan, T.Bulcock (cpt/wkt), M Cowling, A Ireland, C Hodgson, A Syddall,

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