The club’s youngest team were in action today at Bradenham CC where they lost the final of the Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance’s Terry Moore Trophy to Topcroft.
The opposition won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a modest but ultimately sufficient total of 283 for 8 (243 net), with the Swardeston bowlers performing very well with the ball. The wickets were evenly distributed among Lasith Ranasingh, William Waterman & Henry Parkinson (capt). A special mention to Oliver Charlish who, despite an early injury to the end of his finger, took a great catch keeping wicket.
In reply Swardeston made a steady start with Jack Watts twice finding the boundary rope with cover drives. They were making good progress until a treble wicket over from Rob Pearson swung the game in the favour of the opposition mid-way through the innings. As the final pairing of Lasith & Henry strode to the wicket, they required more than a run a ball from their six overs for an improbable victory. They batted with great ‘know how’ to somehow get within four runs of their target as they eventually ran out of deliveries.
So for the second season running the team were runners up. Those involved will have enjoyed the season and most of this final as important lessons were learned which should see them in good stead for the future. Indeed, if this team of youngsters stay together not only as team mates but as friends then Swardeston can look forward to a very competitive side taking the field together in six or seven years time.
Many thanks to Neil Taylor for all his enthusiasm and efforts as team manager this season.