Talented young Swardeston cricketer Robert Newton has been bowled over by England star Andrew Caddick.
The paceman presented Newton with his cap after he was named South of England’s player of the National Festival at Taunton, where he cracked 109 off only 51 balls against the Midlands. Newton was joined in the team by Swardeston’s other rising star all-rounder Bud Bailey.
Former Taverham Hall School pupil Newton earned his call-up with outstanding performances for Norfolk Under-13s, which saw him score 944 runs in nine matches at an amazing average of 157.
“Lincolnshire felt the full force of his bat as he hammered them for 203 runs in their first encounter and then another 144 in a festival at Culford School – and on both occasions he was not out,” said Taverham Hall director of sport Iain Martin.
“He also hit 215 off fewer than 100 balls against Herefordshire at the same festival. His ability to score big totals has led to interest from several professional counties.”
Newton is now at Framlingham College in Suffolk, but hopes to continue to
represent Norfolk and his club, Swardeston.
Newton and Bailey were regulars in Swardeston’s promotion winning team in Division Three of the Howes Percival Norfolk Alliance. They both also played games in the Alliance premier division and the East Anglian Premier League.