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Halfway there

Posted in Recreational

At the halfway stage we have made our way to the top of the East Anglian Premier League.

In the past four weeks there have been three wins and one washout. Records have been broken and we have managed to turn what would have been narrow defeats at the start of the season into victories.

At home against Clacton we restricted them to 306 on a very good wicket. Enter Joel Abraham and Daniel Martin to break many records as we knocked off the total comfortably for the loss of no wickets.

This was the highest ever partnership for Swardeston. Joel Abraham finished 221 not out which was the first ever 200 in the league for the club and the highest score ever in the East Anglian League.

This was followed by a washout at Halstead then a top of table clash against long-time leaders Great Witchingham.

With a wet start to the morning we lost the toss and were asked to bat. We battled to a respectable 223 with everyone chipping in. Then enter our spinners - Norfolk captain George Walker and Jaden Hatwell - to take eight wickets between them to set up a victory by over 100 runs. That left us second in the table.

That was followed by a nail-biting finish to beat bottom of the table Norwich by one wicket. After a fine bowling and fielding performance we reduced them to 123 for nine. However, they managed to get to 166 before we lost wickets regularly and were reduced to 120 for seven and 157 for nine.

Fortunately a very mature and patient 16 not out from young Jordi Taylor and eight not out from our allrounder Michael Eccles, batting at number 11, saw us home and back to the top of the table.

The Norfolk stage of the ECB National Club Twenty20 is also reaching its climax. After winning all three group games we were drawn to play Norwich in the semi-final.

A good allround bowling performance saw us restrict Norwich to 140. Although we had a stutter towards the end of the innings we won by six wickets with nine balls to spare.

Swardeston

We are still competing on all fronts including in the Gibbs Denly East Anglian Premier League where we are currently top

Almost all of the large crowd there on the night went home disappointed, which was a shame because after last year’s success we must be best placed to represent the county and the league in the latter stages of the competition. Next up is the Norfolk final next Friday.

We remain in all other Norfolk competitions and face a tough semi-final away at Vauxhall Mallards in the Carter Cup two days later.

There are some big games coming up so it will be great to welcome back Richard Sims for the rest of the season after his school commitments.

The club is going from strength to strength with all four teams picking up good results in recent weeks. All the uni students and schoolboys will also be back next week.

Although it will be great to have them all back it may cause the selectors a few headaches. This will, in some ways, be a nice problem but at the end of the day it recreational cricket and we will never be happy depriving someone of a game.

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