Jason Reynolds was named 1st team player of the year by captain Mark Thomas at Swardeston’s annual awards dinner, held at Brasted’s Restaurant.
The dinner was attended by more than 100 guests and was also marked by presentations to the young player of the year and the outstanding performance of the season award, see separate report.
Chairman Mark Taylor welcomed players and members and thanked guests from main club sponsors Leathes Prior for their support during another fine summer for the club.
Premier XI skipper Mark Thomas said Jason had begun the season batting at 7 in the team but by the end of the summer had done so well he found himself opening the innings for both Swardeston and Norfolk.
In all competitions Jason scored 1438 runs at an average of 51. Impressively, Jason made 983 of those runs in the East Anglian Premier League at an average of 54.61, including two centuries and nine 50s. His highest score of 120 was made against Vauxhall Mallards.
George Walker picked up the John Bobbin Salver as 2nd XI player of the year, and was presented the award by skipper Ben Hogg.
Ben said George had made a great contribution to the team during the season, scoring 449 runs at an average of 40.82. He hit one ton, 102 v Dereham, and two fifties. He also took 20 wickets at an average of 19 with a best of 4-40 against Bradfield.
Batsman Saffy Herathge was named as the A XI player of the year by captain Matt Hogg, winning the Bob Read Shield. Matt said Saffy had made 723 league runs with three hundreds and three fifties. His best score of 110 came in the game at Acle.
He also picked up 12 wickets and seven catches.
Saffy was unable to attend the dinner so the trophy was picked up on his behalf by his daughter April.
Ben Chapman was named the Swardeston CEYMS player of the year, taking home the CEYMS Trophy.
Captain Stuart Bartram praised the performance of the team’s youngsters and Kevin Cooper, who made almost 600 league runs, but said Ben had emerged from the pack for the award.
On his way to making 395 league runs at an average of 43.89 from just nine games, Ben hit two centuries during the season and narrowly missed out on a third in the final game of the summer against Great Melton when he was dismissed for 89.
Alex Levinson was named the Swardeston Sunday player of the year and winner of the Peter Thomas Trophy by captain Sam Thelwell. Sam said Alex had been the outstanding player of the year for the team, making 358 runs at an average of 35.80.
He made one ton, his 109 coming in the away game at North Runcton, and two fifties.
In the first ever award, Beth Harmer was named the Women’s Player of the Year. Beth received the Rosamond Thomas Trophy, kindly paid for by main club sponsors Leathes Prior, from our club president Ros Thomas.
Women’s manager Katie Treutler said Beth had been a star performer throughout the summer and also had led the team fantastically. She had gone on to play regularly in the Norfolk Alliance for the 3rd XI and had done very well there plus of course representing Norfolk all summer.
Chris Bean Cup – Premier XI player of the year: Jason Reynolds
John Bobbin Salver – 2nd XI player of the year: George Walker
Bob Read Shield – A XI player of the year: Sapumal Herathge
CEYMS Trophy – Swardeston CEYMS player of the year: Ben Chapman
Rosamond Thomas Trophy - Women’s player of the year: Beth Harmer
Peter Thomas Trophy – Swardeston Sunday player of the year: Alex Levinson