Norwich, Sprowston, Mallards and Witchingham on Carter Cup trail
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Norfolk Alliance title rivals Norwich and Sprowston are keeping their fingers crossed that they might have a Carter Cup final reunion at Horsford after blasting their way into the final four.
Sprowston knocked out EAPL champions and table-toppers Swardeston by five wickets at The Common while Norwich thrashed Diss by 151 runs.
Norwich beat Sprowston in last season's final. Even if they are kept apart in tonight's draw then Great Witchingham and Vauxhall Mallards will have something to say about plans for a repeat after emphatically winning their quarter-finals.
But Sprowston captain Simon Chipperfield admitted there had already been friendly exchanges on Twitter between the Alliance top two, hoping they get the chance of a rematch.
Matt Foster was again the star man for Sprowston at The Common, the Australian taking seven wickets for 33 in an unbroken spell of 12 overs to reduce Swardeston to 69-8 from 23 overs before some late resistance from George Walker helped the hosts to 123 all out.
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In reply, Rob Purton (58) and Phil Glozier (17) put on 69 for the first wicket to take the game away from Swardeston before that man Foster saw Sprowston over the line with an unbeaten 25.
Norwich also had a seven-wickets star in Frankie Sutton at Ingham He didn't do badly with the bad either, his 50 helping Dominic Mattarazo (68) and Jason Blake (83) to blast Norwich to 293-4 before losing their final six wickets for 18 to finish on 311. Mark Brawn (3-14) was the most successful Diss bowler.
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Diss came out full of intent to keep up with the required run rate on a wicket offering increasing assistance to spin bowling. Simon Cooper (27), Rob Tooke (61) and Tom Davey (23) were the top-scoring Diss batsmen, the latter impressing with some lusty blows in his first Carter Cup innings while Tooke hit three sixes.
Eventually, however, they had no answer to Sutton, who took 7-47 as Diss were bowled out for 160.
James Thatcher marked his first team debut for Old Buckenham by taking the first three wickets of the day against Great Witchingham, including the scalp of Essex 2nds prospect Sam Arthurton.
Unfortunately for Bucks, a fourth wicket partner of 112 between James Spelman (93) and Tom Collishaw (53) set the Witches back on course for an eventual all-out total of 265.
And that proved more than enough as the Bucks, were bundled out for 150 in the 38th over with Kieran Bunting (3-15), Jonathan Spelman (3-40) and Stephan Joubert (3-27) taking three wickets each
Ali Shearer and Peter Free shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 227 as Vauxhall Mallards maintained their bid for an 11th Carter Cup by defeating Mattishall by 94 runs.
Shearer made 103 off 126 balls and Free thumped six sixes in his 108-ball 94 as the Ducks made 298-5, openers David Turner (16) and Sam Plater (39) having given them a solid start.
The stand swung the game firmly Mallards' way after the bowling of Elliott Whiting (4-46) had given Mattishall hope of an upset.
Having slipped to 59-4 in reply Danny Webber (49) and Olly Hubbard (63) hauled Mattishall back in the contest by putting on 87 for the fifth wicket– each clearing the ropes twice. But when they departed the rest swiftly followed with Brett Stolworthy (4-25) and Steve Goldsmith (3-62) doing most of the damage to dismiss Mattishall for 204.