Seven of the club’s under 12 players assembled at 8.30am on Saturday 31 March at the UEA for the regional final of the indoor cricket competition.
Organised by Godfrey Batley, Norfolk CDO, and sponsored by The Lords Taverners, the team was once more captained by Henry Parkinson. The first game against Hunts saw the team mass a total in excess of 200 net which was always too much for the opposition. Excellent partnerships between the batsmen & not losing many wickets being the key to this early success.
They then played Bedfordshire in the remaining league game. This fixture saw the leg spin of Matthew Taylor come into its own with some outstanding turn to gain several wickets and ensure another win after posting around 70 net.
Swardeston were now assured a semi-final place and waiting for them were Northants who had won two of their three first round matches. Edward Smith & William Waterman were outstanding in this game and their wicket keeping and quick bowling respectively a joy to watch.
Defending only a mediocre net score the youngsters forced the opposition into errors in the last over to take their place in the final.
Jack Watts took the news at being left out for the final very well as Oliver Charlish renewed his earlier good form with the ball and Sam Bloom shone for the team. Once again they batted first with the respectable total of around 80 net gave the Cambridgeshire side something to think about.
Matthew Taylor was bamboozling the batsmen with his googly and turned the game in Swardeston’s favour toward the end. Well done to the lads for another outstanding performance.