Sunday strain for cup clubs

Several sides in Norfolk are facing a fixture pile-up on Sunday because of the adverse weather.Carter Cup and Lady Mary Trophy ties have been rescheduled for this weekend after last Sunday's wipe-out, and with Junior Carter Cup games and Mid Norfolk Sunday League fixtures, a string of clubs have been left with the difficult task of trying to get three sides out.

Several sides in Norfolk are facing a fixture pile-up on Sunday because of the adverse weather.

Carter Cup and Lady Mary Trophy ties have been rescheduled for this weekend after last Sunday's wipe-out, and with Junior Carter Cup games and Mid Norfolk Sunday League fixtures, a string of clubs have been left with the difficult task of trying to get three sides out.

John Bettridge, chairman of the Carter Cup competition, said it was impossible to delay games in the senior competition any further, as Biss Trophy ties are scheduled for next weekend and the Carter Cup quarter-finals are due to take place the following Sunday.

He said: "We are doing everything we can to be fair and reasonable to the clubs. We can't let it drag on because there is such a tight fixture list for Sunday competitions."


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He said there might be some leeway regarding the junior competition, adding: "There are two factors, one where teams are committed to replaying senior Carter Cup games and there is an issue regarding availability of grounds.

"The other factor is that at the team managers' meeting last autumn, the managers expressed the view that clubs should be expected to put teams out to fulfil fixtures regardless of whether they have lost players to county sides or other competitions.

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"That is because the competition is as much for players who have not yet been recognised at county or senior level as those who have. I have asked the junior competition secretary to use his discretion as to whether any games should be allowed to be played the following weekend."

If the weather prevents a result in the Carter Cup and Lady Mary Trophy games again on Sunday, the outcome will be decided by a bowl-out or the toss of a coin.

It promises to be a gruelling weekend for Norwich, who follow their long trip to Clacton on Saturday with a tough Carter Cup tie at Horsford.

Lowestoft will have to learn from their mistakes of last Sunday against Vauxhall Mallards, when they were bowled out for 79 before the rain saved them.

One side from Alliance Division Three is guaranteed to be in the quarter-finals, as Mundford and East Harling face each other, while Division One side Mattishall will be eyeing an upset when they travel to EAPL team Fakenham.

Carter Cup second round ties (Sunday, 11am): Cromer v Downham Market, Diss v Beccles, Fakenham v Mattishall, Horsford v Norwich, Lowestoft v Vauxhall Mallards, Mundford v East Harling, Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers v Bradenham, Topcroft v Swardeston.

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