Swardeston won their second trophy of the season in comfortable style to lift the Bob Carter Cup for the eighth time in their history.
The villagers wrapped up a 95-run victory over Norwich under ever-darkening skies at Manor Park, after a high-scoring game.
The opening duo of Peter Lambert and Jordan Taylor put on 148 to lay the foundations for the East Anglian Premier League champions, who had not won the Carter Cup since 2009.
Lambert eventually went for 97 and wicketkeeper Stephen Gray added a rapid 85 from 76 balls, to take the south Norfolk side’s total to 344 for six in their 60 overs.
Oli Higgenbottam scored 88 but had little support, with Russell Emmanuel’s 47 adding much needed runs, featuring four sixes.
Jason Blake’s 30 and some late swinging from the tail-enders brought the holders to 100 runs of their target with 10 overs left but Matty Taylor dismissed Dom Mirner for 17 to comple a five-wicket haul.
George Walker captained the Swardeston side, with EAPL captain Mark Thomas choosing not to play in the cup competition this season, and was delighted to get the victory.
“It’s great, we’ve not won it for a number of years so it was on the list of one of the trophies we wanted to win this year,” Walker said.
“The openers put on 140-odd for the first wicket, that was key, and the rest of the lads were able to come in and express themselves later on.”
Taylor, who also took the winning wicket against Horsford to wrap up a fifth successive EAPL title, again showed the ability which has seen him play for Northants’ second XI.
“He’s been on fire, young Matty,” Walker added. “It’s handy having 344 runs behind you but he got it in the right places and a couple of wickets before tea was ideal.”
Swardeston go in search of their third trophy of the season on Tuesday when they travel to Derbyshire for finals day of the Natwest Club T20, playing Tunbridge Wells in the semi-finals, before potentially facing Sandiacre Town or Bramhall in the final.
Report courtesy of EDP Cricket.