Quadruple could be sealed with a Biss

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Swardeston skipper Mark Thomas is relishing the “crazy” prospect of completing a clean sweep of silverware when his side face Vauxhall Mallards in the floodlit Biss Trophy final at Brundall on Sunday (2.45pm).

Having retained the league title with two games to play and with the Carter and Norfolk Twenty20 Cups already in the bag, the Biss competition would complete a unique quadruple for Thomas’ side.

He said: “It’s just the way it has happened, I don’t think we set out to win everything and to win the league with two games to go. It is kind of crazy really.

“But we’ve played well and stuck together as a unit. Everyone wants to do well for each other and that goes a long way.”

Not that Thomas or his team-mates are taking victory for granted on Sunday, as they come up against a Mallards team who generally raise their game against their old rivals.

“They are at home which will clearly be an advantage and the Biss has been problematic for us over the last few years,” said Thomas. “But we go into the game with a lot of confidence so we just have to concentrate on doing the basics and hopefully coming away with a result.”

Mallards ruined Swardeston’s bid for the quadruple last year, beating them in nail-biting Carter and Biss finals.

Sunday’s game represents the last chance of silverware for Paul Bradshaw’s side and he said: “I think we will be disappointed with the season overall even if we win on Sunday because that is the standard we have set in recent years.

“If people looked at the sides on paper at the start of the season I think they would have put us down as favourites for most things but we have got to one final and we are third in the league, so it is disappointing and a number of players have under-performed.”

Bradshaw said he does not expect Swardeston to feel any added pressure from their bid for a clean sweep and also played down the advantage of his side being on their home ground.

But he is hoping last year’s double final win can give Mallards a psychological edge: “Swardeston are playing in the Twenty20 at Brundall at the moment so I think they will be quite used to the surroundings and the pitch and I don’t think home advantage will be as much as maybe it would have been earlier in the season,” he said.

“But the knowledge that we won two close games against them last year is a big boost for us and if gets tight again we will be thinking that we can win.”

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