Swardeston on course to retain trophy

Phil BanyardSwardeston made short work of Diss on Sunday as the Carter Cup quarter-finals failed to throw up any surprise results. The trio of East Anglian Premier League teams - Swardeston, Horsford and Fakenham - all went through against lower league opposition, while Alliance Premier Division leaders Downham comfortably overcame bottom side Old Buckenham.Phil Banyard

Swardeston made short work of Diss on Sunday as the Carter Cup quarter-finals failed to throw up any surprise results.

The trio of East Anglian Premier League teams - Swardeston, Horsford and Fakenham - all went through against lower league opposition, while Alliance Premier Division leaders Downham comfortably overcame bottom side Old Buckenham.

The draw for the semi-finals was made yesterday and sees holders Swardeston travel to Fakenham, while Horsford are at home to Downham. Those games will be played on Sunday, July 9.

On Sunday, Diss - perhaps mindful of Swardeston's record-breaking exploits with the bat in the previous round - opted to bat first at The Common after winning the toss. They were soon in trouble as Sam Thelwell and Michael Eccles each picked up two early wickets.

Richard Sims hastened their slide, taking three for 14, as the visitors laboured to 54 for eight. Rob Tooke (28) provided some lower order resistance, but Diss were all out before lunch for 87.

Swardeston had no problems sweeping past that small target, with Sims (45no) and Peter Lambert (23no) each hitting two sixes as the hosts won by nine wickets in the 14th over.

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Fakenham went through on run rate against Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers after rain brought an early end to proceedings at Highfield Lawn.

The visitors were put in to bat and were limited to 218 (Ali Ponder 72, Pite van Biljon 55, Tom Williams 46). There were three wickets each for Gayan Wijekoon and Angus Stuart.

A second-wicket stand of 187 between Stephen Gray (86) and Sanjaya Rodrigo (89no) saw Fakenham post a winning 204 for two at a better rate.

Nathan Perry-Warnes blasted 134 in Horsford's commanding total of 303 for four at Stow.

The hosts were struggling at 88 for five in their reply when the rain arrived, sending Horsford through on run rate.

Joss Stuart put Buckenham on the back foot with three early wickets for Downham and although Ian Harrison hit back with 53 for the hosts, they were dismissed for 149 in the 54th over.

Andy Lawrence raised Bucks' hopes with two quick wickets in the Downham reply, but Alex Stuart (85) and Jarred Cunningham (43no) set up a seven-wicket win in the 29th over for the visitors.