Swardeston facing another crunch encounter

After Swardeston's top of the table showdown against Vauxhall Mallards was rained off last Saturday, they face another crucial clash, against Cambridge Granta, this weekend.

Granta have won five of their last six completed games to shoot up to third in the table. The reigning champions now stand just 28 points behind Swardeston as they make a late charge to defend their title.

Swardeston were comfortable winners of the reverse fixture in June, when Jaden Hatwell took four wickets and Peter Lambert hit 90.

Mallards, who travel to Burwell tomorrow, remain 23 points behind Swardeston, but they are on a high after completing their 10th Carter Cup victory on Sunday.

Earlier this year, Mallards went on a run spree against the Cambridgeshire side with Gerrie Snyman and Peter Free, pictured, both hitting centuries, although Burwell batted out for a draw.

Horsford must bounce back from a miserable weekend which saw them lose their unbeaten league record at home this season and then suffer defeat in the Carter Cup final.

Chris Brown's side shows several changes for the trip to Bury St Edmunds, who they beat by seven wickets at Manor Park in June.

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Great Witchingham spurned a golden opportunity to move back into title contention last weekend when they let a winning position slip against Granta.

They host Clacton this weekend, hoping to repeat the 150-run thrashing they meted out to the Essex side earlier in the year, when Carl Rogers scored a century and James Hale took six wickets.

Norwich will be willing Witchingham to win as they look to close the 35-point gap on Clacton at the bottom.

They host Saffron Walden – who are third from bottom, just one point above Clacton – at Ingham, but will not have New Zealand Test opener Tim McIntosh, who has completed his two-match stint in Norfolk.

Norwich's lone victory this summer came against Walden in June, when half-centuries from Erik Laubscher and Harry Bush were followed by a five-wicket haul for Chris Borrett.

Fakenham have a 72-point lead in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division but they cannot win the title tomorrow when they host North Runcton.

In Division One, Acle need three points at relegation-threatened Bradenham to secure promotion, while Dereham could clinch promotion from Division Two when they face Hillington.

Rollesby can start celebrating the Norfolk League Division One title if they collect 20 points at Yarmouth.

The West Norfolk League Division One title race is more likely to go to the wire, unless Denver can significantly extend their 10-point lead when they host Bircham.