Leading all-rounder Jaden Hatwell has been named as Swardeston’s 1st X1′s player of the year for 2005.
The Kiwi, in his first season in Swardeston’s Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League team, made over 750 runs, averaging over 53 and took 22 wickets. He hit three centuries and three fifties.
He was also awarded the trophy for the most outstanding performance of the year – top scoring with 90 in the Bob Carter Cup final against Vauxhall Mallards. This was followed by nine tight overs for only 23 runs as Swardeston claimed the cup in nail-biting fashion.
Hatwell was presented with the award by captain Mark Thomas at Swardeston’s packed annual dinner, held at The Old Ram, Tivetshall St Mary.
Opening batsman Barney Goodrum picked up the player-of-the-year award for the Norfolk Alliance premier division team.
Goodrum scored more than 560 runs in the league, averaging over 47 in a troubled season for the team. Captain Peter Thomas said without Goodrum’s runs the side would have been relegated.
Tony Bailey won the Alliance Division Two team award after another outstanding season behind the stumps. Captain Stuart Shearing paid tribute to Bailey’s skills and his tremendous encouragement of the young players in the team.
Fifteen-year-olds Bud Bailey and Robert Newton, who were both selected to tour South Africa with England Under-16s this winter, shared the Neville Herathge Trophy for the most outstanding youth player.
In making his judgment Saffy Herathge said the club was thrilled and honoured to have two such outstanding young cricketers in its ranks.