Under-11s fall at final hurdle

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An understrength Swardeston/CEYMS team were beaten by Horsford in the final of this year’s Terry Moore Under-11 Trophy.

Horsford completed the first part of what they hope will be silverware hat-trick this summer as they are currently hoping to win the title in the Howes Percival Norfolk Alliance premier division and the division one crown in the Knights Norfolk League.

In the final, played at Bradenham and sponsored by Howes Percival, Horsford ran out comfortable winners by 27 runs as all-rounder George Cuffley played a crucial part in their success.

Horsford batted first and a disciplined display meant they only lost two wickets and set Swardeston/CEYMS a total of 286 to win.

This was largely due to Cuffley’s contribution of 31 runs, with the next highest score for his team being 10 by both Sam Lincoln and Simon Harwood.

Henry Parkinson finished with 2-8 from his four overs as Swardeston/CEYMS, missing some key players due to holidays, had the youngest player on show in eight-year-old Matthew Taylor.

In reply, Swardeston/CEYMS batsmen found run scoring the easy thing but constantly lost wickets throughout the innings to dent their hopes of victory. Will Catchpole top scored with 17, Harry Barrett hit 15 and Parkinson and Toby Fletcher both made 13.

However with 10 wickets lost they had 50 runs deducted from their score to finish on 258.

Cuffley only conceded eight runs from his four overs and there were three wickets each for Will Bryan and Charlie Harkness.

Cuffley’s all-round performance won him the man-of-the-match award of £150 worth of cricjet vouchers from adjudicator Patrick Dewing, captain of Bradenham and Alliance fixture and results secretary.

Julian Hayes, partner at Howes Percival, presented the trophy and medallions to all the players and umpires.

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