Two Lady Mary Trophy quarter-finals are decided by walk-overs

Vauxhall Mallards A batsman Luke Marchant in action against Swardeston A on Saturday. Picture: Denis

Vauxhall Mallards A batsman Luke Marchant in action against Swardeston A on Saturday. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Matt Collinge's heroics may have lit up the quarter-finals of Lady Mary Trophy - but overall it was a disappointing day for the competition.

While Collinge's second century of the weekend helped Brooke to an exciting win over Dereham, the focus quickly switched to the two ties that weren't played.

Martham and Mattishall both progressed into the semi-finals without hitting a ball in anger as their respective opponents gave the scheduled game a miss.

Martham were handed a walk-over by Saham Toney, while Mattishall turned up for their game against Dersingham, only for players and umpires to be left clicking their heels by a no-show from the west Norfolk side.

In the second match to be played, Hethersett and Tas Valley beat Beccles by seven wickets after dismissing their hosts for 149.

Valley reached their target in the 26th over, with openers Nick Burrett and Sam Morton putting on over 60 for the first wicket. When Burrett fell, Morton played the anchor role as David Matthews put together some lusty blows.

The semi-final draw is Hethersett and Tas Valley v Martham and Mattishall v Brooke, with the games taking place on Sunday, July 16 (12).

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The Bob Carter/Naco Shield semi-finals take place on Sunday, with Swaffham hosting Sandringham and Thetford entertaining Winterton.

Swardeston will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League tomorrow when they welcome Frinton to The Common.

The defending champions could easily have won each of their previous three games, but ended up drawing twice before suffering a first defeat of the season at Copdock and Ipswichian, who overhauled their total of 296-6 as Jaik Mickleburgh made an unbeaten 133.

They now find themselves 26 points behind pacesetters Sudbury after eight matches and will be aiming to make up some ground against the side who inflicted a first defeat of the season on the early leaders last weekend.

Great Witchingham, now five points above Swardeston in second place, take on Norwich at Ingham while Horsford and Vauxhall Mallards are at home to Cambridge Granta and Bury St Edmunds respectively.

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