Jordy Taylor was named 1st team player of the year by captain Joe Gatting at Swardeston’s annual awards dinner, held at Brasted’s Restaurant.
The dinner was attended by more than 80 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 Stuart Bartram 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 Joe Gatting said Jordy had hit 1286 runs across the season, opening the batting, hitting one century and 11 fifties.
Impressively, Jordy made 825 of those runs in the East Anglian Premier League at an average of 37.50. His highest score of 133 was made against Copdock. Jordy also picked up 10 catches during the summer.
Ed Botwright picked up the John Bobbin Salver as 2nd XI player of the year. Unfortunately Ed was on holiday in Sri Lanka and could not pick up his trophy but skipper Ben Hogg told the dinner that Ed had been the highest run scorer for the team in the league, hitting 401 runs at an average of 28.64. His highest score of 67 came in the six-wicket win over Vauxhall Mallards. As wicketkeeper Ed also took 18 catches and made four stumpings.
Batsman Lewis Gooderham was named as the A XI player of the year by captain Matt Hogg, winning the Bob Read Shield. Unfortnuately both were unable to attend the dinner. Lewis topped the run table for the team, making 503 runs, hitting two tons and one half-century. His runs came at an impressive strike rate of over 154 and he finished with a league average of 83.83. His highest score of 128 not out came in the game against Acle.
Paul Speakman 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 said in a difficult season for consistent availability Paul had emerged as one the most reliable members of the team. He batted at almost every position in the team as well as keeping wicket in all of his 14 appearances
Paul made 297 league runs at an average of 27.00. His highest score of 82 came in the game against Great Melton. He took eight catches and made one stumping.
Crispin Clarke was named the Swardeston Sunday player of the year and winner of the Peter Thomas Trophy by captain Sam Thelwell. Sam said Crispin had bowled the most overs for the team, picking up 10 wickets and also holding three catches. He had lead the attack well.
In its second year, Beth Harmer was named the Women’s Player of the Year, following her success in 2017. Beth received the Rosamond Thomas Trophy from our club president Ros Thomas.
Women’s manager Katie Treutler said Beth had been a leading performer throughout the summer and also had captained the team fantastically as they won both the the Norfolk outdoor and indoor titles.
Chris Bean Cup – Premier XI player of the year: Jordy Taylor
John Bobbin Salver – 2nd XI player of the year: Ed Botwright
Bob Read Shield – A XI player of the year: Lewis Gooderham
CEYMS Trophy – Swardeston CEYMS player of the year: Paul Speakman
Rosamond Thomas Trophy - Women’s player of the year: Beth Harmer
Peter Thomas Trophy – Swardeston Sunday player of the year: Crispin Clarke