Swardeston lost out by the narrow margin of five runs at Brundall on Sunday evening when Michael Eccles was bowled off the fourth ball of the last over.
Swardeston had recovered from the precarious position of 110 for 7 thanks to a 99 run partnership for the eighth wicket between Jaden Hatwell (90) and Mark Thomas (41), but when both batsmen fell to the bowling of man of the match Mlongo in the 48th over, the task of scoring the last 20 runs off just 2 overs fell to Eccles and George Walker, they managed 14 as the excitement grew, but in a similar close finish to this seasons Carter Cup final between the two sides Vauxhall Mallards clinched the Trophy in dramatic style.
Earlier Swardeston had restricted Mallards to 229 for 5, Rob Frylinck top scoring with an explosive 66, including 6 sixes, whilst Saphie Herathge with 2 for 13, along with George Walker and Jaden Hatwell had made life difficult for the home batsmen.
The game, whilst exciting and dramatic was spoilt by some poor lbw decisions against both teams on the Brundall slope.
So Swardeston round off a great season with a disappointing defeat, with another seven runs they could have won the quintet of trophies available to them, nevertheless Mark Thomas’ side can be proud of the fantastic achievements of 2007, and can look forward to 2008 with great confidence.