Swardeston exact revenge on holders

Carter Cup holders Fakenham crashed out at the first hurdle of their defence on Sunday as Swardeston gained revenge for their semi-final defeat last year.

The two sides entered this year's competition at the second round stage under new competition rules and it was Swardeston who progressed to the quarter-finals after a convincing 104-run win.

After opting to bat first, Swardeston built their innings around New Zealander Joel Abraham, who fired 97 from 125 balls. When he was the fourth man out with the score on 168, Swardeston suffered a wobble and lost three more wickets for the addition of just nine runs, including Ian Tufts for 54. But Ed Hopkins (40no) and skipper Mark Thomas (30) helped the hosts regain their poise and Michael Eccles (23) featured in a ninth wicket stand of 44 with Hopkins. Swardeston finished on 271 for nine from their 60 overs, with spinner Joe Pipkin claiming three for 37.

Fakenham openers Keegan Monahan-Fairlie and Ben Harvey started solidly with a partnership of 35, but after they were out in quick succession, wickets fell regularly as Swardeston assumed control.

Eccles rounded off an excellent day with figures of four for 46 as Fakenham were bowled out for 167 in the 49th over.

More than 600 runs were scored at Mattishall as the hosts successfully chased down the big target set by Hethersett & Tas Valley.

Tas openers Richard Ellis (55) and Robbie Matthews (108) set the tone for the day and Matthew Steward added 44no as the visitors posted an impressive 302 for five.

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But that was still not enough on the quick-scoring ground, as home skipper Gordon Chetwood hit 113 and Jason Cole added 94, with Mattishall reaching their target in the 54th over, with six wickets down.

It was the opposite story at Downham, as the hosts' batting capitulated in a 141-run defeat to Horsford.

Horsford needed middle order contributions from Daniel Clark (56) and Chris Spenceley (40) to put a respectable score on the board, finishing on 220 all out in the 58th over. There were three wickets each for Addam Todd and PJ Cairns.

Downham's reply never got going as Cairns (20) was the top scorer. Ryan Findlay came on to deliver the killer blow, the left arm spinner taking four for 15 as the hosts slumped to 79 all out in the 41st over.

Vauxhall Mallards avenged last year's defeat to Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers in decisive fashion, winning by 287 runs at Brundall.

Carl Amos made 106, David Turner added 97 and Gerrie Snyman blasted 87 from 31 balls as Mallards racked up 427 for four. Wanderers were then bowled out for 140, Adam Todd taking four wickets.

Half-centuries from Tom Collishaw and Shaun Arthurton helped Great Witchingham comfortably stave off the prospect of an upset at Sprowston. Witchingham posted 237 for five and then bowled the hosts out for 89, Ryan McCone taking three for six and Collishaw bagging four for 14.

Rob Porter fired 148 in Acle's total of 265 for seven and Shaun Roberts then took four for 25 as Stow were bowled out for 124 in reply.

Richard Hurrell top scored with 53 for Beccles, but their total of 206 was not enough to deny North Runcton a six-wicket win, with N Henry making 52.

Norwich won by seven wickets at Old Buckenham.

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