Shearing the hero as Swardeston-CEYMS retain trophy

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Under-13 Swardeston-CEYMS cricketers have done the double by retaining the Allan Bridgewater Trophy.

In the Pinebanks final, run by the Norfolk Cricket Alliance and sponsored by Howes Percival, Swardeston-CEYMS beat Hales by 68 runs to win the trophy for the second year running.

Swardeston’s hero was their 13-year-old captain Ben Shearing who claimed a remarkable six wickets for just three runs in four overs, including a hat-trick.

Hales, batting first, struggled against a consistent Swardeston-CEYMS attack and made a net score of 180 after losing 11 wickets.

Not surprisingly Shearing was the choice of Topcroft captain David Reeder, also an Alliance management committee member, as the winner of the man-of-the match bat.

Shearing was well backed by Josh Rowe (2-15), Josh Waterman (2-12) and Jonathan Martin (1-6).

Chris Anderson top scored for Hales with 13 with Matt Parkin making six.

In reply Swardeston-CEYMS lost only four wickets as they made a net score of 248. Rowe top scored with 12 with Shearing and Olly Goodrum both hitting 11.

Robin Anderson was the pick of the Hales bowlers with an impressive spell which brought him 3-7 from four overs with Wayne Scott collecting the other wicket to fall.

Alistair Ponder, from Howes Percival, presented the trophy and medallions to all the players and umpires.

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