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Former England captain Michael Vaughan is heading to Swardeston

PUBLISHED: 06:46 08 September 2017

Cecil Amey Norfolk Alliance player of the month Alex Sayer (centre) with league chairman Peter Thomas (left) and Cecil Amey director Emma Amey. Picture: Cecil Amey

Cecil Amey Norfolk Alliance player of the month Alex Sayer (centre) with league chairman Peter Thomas (left) and Cecil Amey director Emma Amey. Picture: Cecil Amey

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan is heading to Norfolk for what promises to be a night to remember at Swardeston Cricket Club.

A new sponsorship deal with Breakwater IT has enabled the club to book Vaughan for their 31st annual stag dinner on Monday, September 27.

Vaughan captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, winning a record 26. Knee troubles forced him to retire from all cricket mid-way through 2009 but his appetite for the game has not diminished in retirement and he has forged a successful broadcasting career with BBC’s Test Match Special and Channel 5.

Dinner organiser David Thomas said: “We are delighted to have secured Michael for this year’s dinner and we very much welcome Breakwater IT as our new main sponsor.”

Tickets are £50 each and are available directly by contacting davidthomas1963@yahoo.co.uk

Before all that there is a crucial match at The Common tomorrow, with Swardeston needing to beat Mildenhall in their penultimate Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League fixture to ensure the battle for the title goes to the final day.

They are 21 points behind Sudbury, who they visit on Saturday week. The Suffolk side travel to Horsford side who desperately need a win themselves to boost their fight against relegation.

The finals of the Hunts County Bats Senior and Junior Cups will be played on Sunday at Sprowston.

The senior final between Old Buckenham and North Runcton starts at 2pm and will follow the junior final between Snettisham Royals and Martham, which gets under way at 11am.

Both matches will be played over 16 eight ball overs and the umpires are Duncan Armon and Pete Sadler.

The Norfolk Alliance’s player of the month for August was Alex Sayer of Martham. His performances of 128, 60, 67 and 4-36 helped the village side to maintain their position at the top of Division Three and they subsequently went on to win the title.

Other notable performances came from Tom Brice of Lowestoft (54, 91, 4-38 and 5-26), Ben Smart of Saham Toney (51, 61, 86 and 114) and Jasper Payne of Swaffham (118, 103 and 78).

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