Swardeston are finalist number three in Portman U15

Ecb U15 National Club Championship

Norfolk's Swardeston joined Heaton Mersey and hosts Bournemouth in the National Finals of the Portman Building Society U15 National Club Championship with victory in the midlands regional final at Moseley.

Staring with a semi-final on pitch one against Oxfordshire champions Morris Motors Exiles, Swardeston fielded first and saw their opponents start slowly but gain in confidence.

Despite a steady loss of wickets, MME ended with 105 for seven on the board at the end of their allotted overs. Jonny Forrest was top-scorer on 29 before being caught by Swardeston skipper James Pearson off the bowling of Tom Wilson.

Swardeston reached the target in the 18th over with the loss of only two wickets. Wilson was 46 not out at the close and Alex Bilham reached 45 before being caught by Shabaaz Allam off Forrest.

The other semi between Belbroughton (Worcs) and Brackley Town, the Northants champs, saw Belbroughton put an excellent score of 162 on the board with the loss of five wickets.

Ben Cox made a tremendous contribution of 72 towards this total before he was bowled by George Stapleton, who took four of the wickets.

Brackley put up a spirited reply but fell short, ending on 132 for eight. Stapleton played another crucial part in this innings, top scoring on 47 before being caught by Belbroughton skipper Dave Palmer off Matt Pardoe.

Best bowling performance in this match came from Sam Harris with figures of 4-1-23-4.

The final between Belbroughton and Swardeston provided a good match for the spectators. Belbroughton couldn't replicate their morning score but still reached 125 for four in the 20 overs, with James Pardoe making 43 before being caught and bowled by Ben Shearing.

Skipper Palmer played a leading role with his 39 before being bowled by his opposite number Pearson.

In reply, Swardeston reached their target in the 17th over, with Wilson 60 not out and Ben Shearing on 44 not out, the team having delighted their manager Stuart Shearing with fine performances with bat, ball and in the field throughout the game.

The play-off for 3rd and 4th places in the region ended with Brackley Town beating Morris Motors by 31 runs.

Michael Powell from Warwickshire CCC assisted with the prize presentations at Moseley and delivered an excellent inspiring speech to the players.

The last regional finals day, for the south, takes place at Horsham today.