Swardeston ‘Sharks’ crashed out of this years Junior Carter Cup at the hands of the Sheringham ‘Sabres’ in Sunday’s semi-final .
Alex Bilham (36) and Daniel Martin (44) laid the platform for what should have been a formidable score. At the half way stage of the innings, Swardeston were well placed at 104-2 but the innings fell away badly, due to some tight ‘Sabres’ bowling, Bishop 3-29, and aided by some clueless batting especially from the ‘Sharks’ middle order.
In reply S. Taylor (38) provided the cornerstone for the ‘Sabres’ with an innings of great maturity. N Taylor (47no) then upped the tempo which saw the ‘Sabres’ comfortably home, much to the delight of the large travelling Sheringham contingent.
Afterwards ‘Sharks’ manager Stuart Shearing paid tribute to ‘the hunger and desire to win that the Sheringham lads showed’. Something sadly lacking in some of Swardestons more ‘senior’ players!
“We’ve had some good times though the various age groups with these boys, perhaps too many. There wasn’t a great desire to win today, it was ‘just another game of cricket’. Conceding 41 wides and dropping 6 catches means you’re not going to win many games. Some clearly think they are better than they are. They let Swardeston Cricket Club, myself but more importantly themselves down today,” said Shearing.
Sheringham ‘Sabres’ now meet Hales or Horsford in youth cricket’s showpiece final at the County Ground on September 3rd.