The 1st XI slipped to their second defeat of the campaign away to Horsford.
Swardeston elected to bat first and at 111 for three, they were well placed for a strong total, thanks to contributions from Daniel Martin (38), Peter Lambert (30) and Ian Tufts (29). But two wickets just before lunch from Reece O’Connell and one straight after the break from Chris Brown reduced them to 117 for six. Skipper Mark Thomas hit a quickfire 22, but his side were all out for 143, with four wickets each for Brown and O’Connell.
In Horsford’s reply, Michael Eccles trapped Nathan Perry-Warnes lbw without scoring, but a second wicket stand of 93 between Matthew Warnes (50) and O’Connell (57) put the hosts on course. George Walker then claimed four wickets, but Horsford reached their target in the 42nd over.
In the 2nds, there was an impressive rearguard action as they gained a losing draw at home to league leaders Acle.
David Horrex (34no) and Tim Price (7no) batted out the last 12 overs, putting on 46, to frustrate Acle. Earlier, Dave Huggins blasted 103 and Tom Wilson made 74 for the visitors, while Shaun Roberts (four for 39) and Paul Newman (three for 21) dismantled Swardeston’s batting.
For the 3rd XI, the scores finished level in a nailbiting finish away to Acle 2nds, as Shane Tovell (84) and Peter Nobbs (72) starred for the hosts. Kevin Cooper made 56 and Matt Hogg a quickfire 44 not out for Swardeston.
The 4th XI recorded a 95-run win at home to Stow A, with Jon Olpin (103) and Chris Kennard (95) on form with the bat. Tom Snelling (three for 42) and Rory Olpin (three for 36) then did the damage with the ball as Stow were bowled out well short.