Champs must be respected warns Brown

Chris Brown admits Horsford face a huge task to beat national champions Swardeston tonight – but believes his side are up to the challenge.

Horsford have won every match in league and cup competition at Manor Park this season and they will put that 100pc record on the line against reigning champions Swardeston in the Norfolk Twenty20 Cup final tonight.

Skipper Brown said: 'Swardeston won the national competition last year so you would expect them to be favourites, but we will have to try and take the trophy away from them. You have to have massive respect for them because they are national champions and they do seem to play very well in this competition.'

Horsford have been dominant in all competitions at home, but Brown added: 'Swardeston have won this competition before and they seem to play well at our ground in the finals. But the statistics are that every game we have played there this year we have won and reading between the lines that would suggest that Horsford do play very well at Manor Park.

'If we can maintain the same levels of performance that we showed in the semi-final on Wednesday it should be a very good game.'

Brown believes his side will have no difficulty in raising themselves again so soon after the semi-finals: 'If you look at our side we've got myself, Luke Caswell, Michael and Matthew Warnes who are all involved with the Norfolk side now, so we're used to playing a lot of cricket, not just on Saturdays and Sundays.'

Brown had special praise for Caswell, who registered his maiden Minor Counties Championship half-century for Norfolk in the defeat to Hertfordshire this week: 'He showed a lot of grit and determination,' said Brown. 'He put in a really good performance with the bat in both innings and if more of us could have showed the same application we might have saved the game.'