Old rivals to meet again in NACO final

There will be a repeat of last year's final in the NDI Insurance Limited NACO Cup after Vauxhall Mallards and Swardeston won through in Sunday's semi-finals.

Reigning champions Mallards beat Horsford by two wickets at Brundall.

Horsford were missing three players, including skipper Chris Brown, on Norfolk duty and they struggled with the bat, posting 135 all out as they were dismissed with 4.5 overs left.

Top scorer was stand-in skipper Matt Wilkinson, who made 37, while there were two wickets each for Paul Bradshaw, Martin Addison and Adam Todd.

Mallards lost Carl Amos early in their reply, but advanced to 40 for one before a flurry of wickets left them at 42 for four.

Ali Shearer top scored with 31 for the hosts, but when Olly Stone was the eighth man out for 21, they still needed 18 to win. It was left to skipper Bradshaw and Todd to edge them to victory in the 40th over. Nathan Perry-Warnes, Ben Watson and Reece O'Connell each took two wickets for Horsford.

The other semi-final was more straightforward as Swardeston cruised to an eight-wicket win at home to Great Witchingham.

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Witchingham struggled after choosing to bat first and Tom Collishaw was the only batsman to make an impression as he struck 52 in a total of 127 all out. Richard Sims claimed three for 17 and there were two wickets each for Sam Thelwell and Mark Thomas.

Swardeston openers Joel Abraham (34) and Peter Lambert (51) made a big dent in the target with a stand of 88 before the hosts won in just the 16th over.

The final will be at Swardeston on Sunday, September 4.

n The postponed Carter Cup semi-finals are scheduled to go ahead this Sunday.

Vauxhall Mallards host Swardeston at Brundall and will be looking to reassert their strong position from the abandoned game a fortnight ago. On that occasion, a Glen Addicott century gave the hosts a healthy total of 292 and they had taken an early wicket in the Swardeston reply when the rain came.

Great Witchingham held the upper hand in their semi-final against Horsford when the weather intervened, and the two teams will try again at Walcis Park.

The clash with Norfolk's match against Bedfordshire means all four sides will be missing players on county duty.

n Dereham Jaguars, Garboldisham Foxes and Sprowston Sprowcats have joined the other five qualifiers in the quarter-finals of the Junior Carter Cup.

Dereham finished top of Zone One and will be at home to Diss Mafia in the last eight, while Sprowston won Zone Four and will host Bradfield Bulls.

Zone Two winners Horsford Knights are at home to Garboldisham, while Great Melton Phoenix will host Bradenham Bears.