Caister aim at cricket cup shock
Caister Cricket Club are hoping to apply the finishing touch to one of the biggest giantkilling runs in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League's history.Despite being in only their second season in the league, the seasiders have marched into the league's showpiece Challenge Cup final, claiming some prize scalps along the way - including that of of two-time trophy winners Narborough in the semi-final, as well as top flight outfit Horsford in the third round.
Caister Cricket Club are hoping to apply the finishing touch to one of the biggest giantkilling runs in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League's history.
Despite being in only their second season in the league, the seasiders have marched into the league's showpiece Challenge Cup final, claiming some prize scalps along the way - including that of of two-time trophy winners Narborough in the semi-final, as well as top flight outfit Horsford in the third round.
However, on Monday the bar will be raised even higher when the Division Four outfit meets the only other side still standing in the 64-runner race, the double-chasing Premier Division table-toppers Anglians in the final at Sprowston's Barkers Lane Ground (1.30).
Caister achieved their eye-opening semi-final success despite losing their inspirational captain and leading batsman Simon Kerrison, who emigrated to Australia after the quarter-final.
Vice-captain Norman Johnson took up the reins to mastermind the seven-runs semi-final success, but he will be away on holiday for the final and Richard Stokes is set to become the third skipper of the cup run.
He will be hoping that Caister continue to punch well above their weight and land the final knockout blow against Norwich-based Anglians, who achieved an eye-opening result themselves by beating renowned silverware merchants Swardeston by two wickets.
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“It's disappointing to miss out on the final,” said long-serving Johnson, who will be in Madeira on a holiday booked some time ago to celebrate his 60th birthday. My son Mark plays for the team and I shall be keeping in touch. I've told the boys to bring me back a medal.”
League chairman Colin King is delighted that the long-running competition has been able to throw up such a tale of the unexpected this year. “It's wonderful,” he said.
“If Caister can win this one they will really have pulled it off.
“Whatever happens there will be a new name on the cup this year.”
The Broke Cup final, for teams knocked out of the challenge cup, and won by Caister last year, is being played simultaneously at Sprowston, as two teams flying high at Division Two level, Ashmanhaugh and Great Witchingham, meet.
Both matches start at 1.30pm.