U17s win Junior Carter Cup… again

Garboldisham U17s won the Junior Carter Cup at Manor Park, Horsford on Sunday 8 September 2013 for the second time in 3 years. A match winning partnership of 165 between Henry Phoenix (105no) and Kristian Williman (48no) saw Garboldisham home by 9 wickets against overwhelming favourites Swardeston.
Having won the toss Garboldisham skipper Lewis Taylor invited his counterpart to bat on a firm but green Manor Park wicket. After being given the chance to impress at the home of Norfolk cricket, the Garboldisham bowlers showed a few nerves early on but a breakthrough in the third over saw the Swardeston skipper Reynolds trudging back to the pavilion having been bowled by Matt Allin. With Jack Haliwell and Allin both bowling tight spells they started to turn the screw and the Swardeston batsmen found scoring very difficult and only Dorling (30) offered any real resistance. Great spells from Phil Carr (3-19), Lewis Taylor (3-28) and a key wicket from Callum Olpin saw Swardeston limp to a very below par 162 all out.
The Garboldisham run chase started badly with Lake out first ball of the innings. Henry Phoenix joined Kristian Williman and together they started to rebuild. Slowly the runs began to flow and the large crowd were treated to a batting masterclass from both players. Against decent bowling they showed maturity beyond their years. Henry reached his fifty and then accelerated, winning the game and securing his hundred with his 3rd six of the match. Kristian (48no) unselfishly gave his partner the strike to enable him to reach his 3 figures. Garboldisham lifted the cup to the delight of the vast travelling support.
A great team performance from a very talented bunch of young cricketers. The future looks bright down at the Langley!