Swardeston beat Mallards to clinch Biss final spot

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A first-class all-round performance saw Swardeston finally overcome their arch rivals Vauxhall Mallards in the Stan Biss Trophy semi-finals.

Swardeston ran out winners by 29 runs and will take on North Runcton in the final at Brundall on Sunday 28 August.

Swardeston’s 281-8 from their 50 overs was built around a magnificent partnership between Richard Sims and Jaden Hatwell which brought 151 runs after Darin Goodrum had departed for 30. Saffy Herathge had been bowled with the score on 1.

Sims was agonisingly run out for 99, just one short of his first ton for the Swardeston 1st team. He hit 12 boundaries in his 122-ball innings.

Hatwell picked up the pace after Sims’ departure and his 111 came off just 89 balls with two sixes and 15 fours.

Further wickets fell as Swardeston tried to punish the Mallards attack which was missing the injured Steve Goldsmith and in which Roger Telemachus could only bowl six overs.

Skipper Mark Thomas gace Swardeston the perfect start, having dangerman Carl Amos caught by Sims with only 8 on the board.

Luke Newton and James Spelman set about repairing the innings and had added 86 for the second wicket when Spelman was trapped lbw by Sims for 44. Sims then caught and bowled Peter Free for 6 and quickly followed up by bowling Robert Purton.

When Newton was the fifth man out for 56 with the score on 137 – stumped by Will Rist off George Walker – Mallards’ cause looked doomed.

Richard Moores had other ideas, taking the attack to the Swardeston bowlers. He lost partners Paul Bradshaw and Telemachus but continued to pepper the boundary.

In the end Swardeston had too much in hand and Mallards finished on 252-8 with Moores unbeaten on 82 from an astonishing 47 balls, having hit six sixes and six fours.

So Swardeston gained revenge for their 8-wicket defeat to Mallards in the 2004 final and can make it two finals for 2005 as they take on North Runcton in the Bob Carter Cup semi-finals on 17 July.

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