Swardeston-CEYMS fly Norfolk flag high

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Swardeston/CEYMS finished fourth in the prestigious Portman Building Society Under-15 National Club Cricket Championship.

The Norfolk champions lost by eight wickets in the national semi-finals to host club Bournemouth, who went on to beat Horsham in the final.

Swardeston/CEYMS were then pipped by a single run by Cheshire champions Heaton Mersey in the play-off for the third/fourth places.

More than 1600 clubs entered the competition, and Swardeston/CEYMS team manager Stuart Shearing said: “I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved and it was certainly no disgrace to lose to Bournemouth. They’re a very strong side and it’s a superbly run club.

“We’re a small village side, which is not doing us down, but coming here and seeing the set-up, how everything has been conducted, has been an eye-opener. We did wonderfully well to get this far, but the better side won on the day.”

Bournemouth captain Alex Kennedy, who hit 62 not out against Swardeston/CEYMS and 71 not out against Horsham, was presented with the Portman trophy by England and Hampshire paceman Chris Tremlett.

The presentation party also included former England skipper Nasser Hussain, Hampshire and Australian all-rounder Andy Bichel, Angus Fraser and MJK Smith.

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