The Norfolk cricketing community will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bob Carter Challenge Cup on Monday 27th August, at Manor Park in Horsford; home to county cricket.

Considered the most prestigious knock-out competition in Norfolk for half a century, the final of the Carter Cup, as it has been known locally, will be played in a 50-over format in recognition of the competition’s 50th year.

The closing match will see the Vauxhall Mallards and Great Witchingham, compete to be the proud winners of this prestigious trophy which will be presented by Mrs Charlotte Carter.

Mr Robert Carter, Chairman of the R G Carter Group, has attended nearly every final over the past 5 decades and is delighted to have had the opportunity to support Norfolk Cricket for the last 50 years, saying:

“It has been wonderful to see all the positive developments made within our County’s cricket. I am immensely proud that our patronage has helped to create some fantastic moments and memories for cricketers, their families and local communities, and look forward to continuing to support Norfolk cricket in the future.”

“I am sure this last match will be an incredibly exciting end to a golden era of Norfolk cricket and I wish both teams the very best of luck for the game.”

To mark this special occasion, speeches and a celebratory tea will be held to thank those that have kindly supported and contributed to the competition, including past captains, umpires and committee members. Those attending will also have the opportunity to see a historical display showing the journey of the Carter Cup through the years.

The Carter Cup was founded by the late Bob Carter and managed by Eric Bedwell of Cromer Cricket Club. The very first final was played at the original county ground in Lakenham on 24th August,1969, where Dereham beat Hunstanton 204 to 134.  Since then, the competition has seen over 1000 matches played, with 15 different clubs winning from across the County.

The match final starts at 12.00pm, and is open to the general public, who can enjoy a traditional day of cricket, in the glorious woodland setting of Manor Park Cricket Club, Horsford. The club can be found at the junction of Holt Road and the new Northern Distributor Road. Families are welcome and admission is free of charge.