Top guns go head to head on derby day

It's derby day at the top of the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday as Norfolk's leading four clubs face each other.

Leaders Vauxhall Mallards host fourth-placed Great Witchingham, while second-placed Swardeston take on Horsford, in third, at Manor Park.

Mallards and Witchingham are both defending unbeaten records at Brundall. The home side have set the early pace as they look to reclaim the title they won for the fifth time in 2009, with former Norfolk opener Carl Amos leading from the front and newcomer Gerrie Snyman adding middle order impetus with his big hitting. Witchingham's batting has also looked strong this year and Amos' former county batting partner Carl Rogers is also showing no signs of fading, as he averages nearly 80 in the league so far this summer.

After seeing the title head out of the county last year, the early signs are that it will be a more familiar battle between Mallards and Swardeston this term, with Mark Thomas' side underlining their credentials by beating 2010 runners-up Saffron Walden convincingly last weekend. But tomorrow they face a Horsford side who are formidable opponents on their own turf – both of their wins to date have come at Manor Park.

Norwich, meanwhile, showed a significant improvement when drawing at Bury St Edmunds last weekend and they will be aiming to make another step in the right direction when they host Clacton at Postwick tomorrow.

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In the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division, it is a weekend off for leaders Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers, meaning Fakenham – who have won all three of their matches to date – can go top with a positive result at Lowestoft.

Acle are already building up a healthy lead in Division One as they aim to bounce straight back to the top flight and tomorrow they travel to Swardeston A.

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Division Two leaders Garboldisham are at home to Downham A and Division Three front-runners Sprowston A are at North Runcton A.

Rollesby lead the way in Norfolk League Division One and they host Hales & Loddon A, who picked up their first win last weekend.

The West Norfolk league has seen champions Grimston fall by the wayside after failing to raise a team for the third successive weekend last Saturday. That means their scheduled opponents tomorrow, second-placed Bircham, are without a game, so leaders Sandringham can stretch their lead if they beat Denver at home.

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