Further awards given at the annual Swardeston CC awards dinner at Brasted’s Restaurant were as follows.
Players of the year were also honoured, see separate report.
The trophy for the most outstanding performance of the year was awarded to Lewis Denmark for his unbeaten 69 in the national final of the NatWest T20 competition held at Derbyshire CC.
Denmark had also top scored in the semi-final win over Tunbridge Wells with 39 but saved his best for the final against Sandiacre.
Club captain Peter Thomas said: “From a position of 21-3, Lewis and Joe Gatting set about repairing the innings but when Joe was dismissed with the score on 60 there was still lots to be done. Lewis held the innings together, making 69 from 55 balls, hitting eight fours, and making sure with great contributions from Freddie Ruffell and Jeremy Elliott that we were able to post a competitive 148-5 total.
“When we fielded, the team came together and we simply blowed Sandiacre away as they were all out for 83, a comprehensive win by 65 runs.”
Tom Poole was the winner of the Neville Herathge Trophy for the outstanding youth player of the year. Club captain Peter Thomas said that Tom had a strong 2016 season, making 354 runs in all competitions. His top score of 70 came in in the Mid Norfolk Sunday game against Norwich. Wicketkeeper Tom claimed 18 catches and one stumping behind the stumps, including 11 catches in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.
John Betts Cup – Outstanding performance of the year: Lewis Denmark
Neville Herathge Trophy – Most outstanding youth player: Tom Poole
Further presentations of flower bouquets were made at the dinner by chairman Mark Taylor.
Mark first of all thanked Charlotte Sheehy from main club sponsors Leathes Prior for representing her company so well but also for showing such great personal support for the club, including attending the two national finals.
Carol Thomas was thanked for the excellent lunches and teas she provided for the 1st XI and Kay Bailey was thanked for the way she and husband Tony had housed our two successive overseas players Tam Islam in 2015 and Dan Poulton during 2016. The club was indebted to her.
Sarah Thomas was thanked for leading Team 28 which helped to stage the home semi-final against Weybridge in the Royal London National Club Championship. The work the project team did on the day showed off the club in the best possible light to the hundreds of spectators who attended, said Mark.
The evening was got underway by George Walker who ran a ‘novel’ heads and tails featuring facts and figures from the club’s history. The prize of an overnight stay and dinner donated by Brasted’s was won by Joe Gatting.