Howzat for cheek! Streaker twice interrupts Norfolk Twenty20 Cup final

A streaker invades the pitch during the Norfolk T20 final between Swardestone and Norwich at Horsfor

A streaker invades the pitch during the Norfolk T20 final between Swardestone and Norwich at Horsford. Picture: @JoannieHawks on Twitter. - Credit: @JoannieHawks on Twitter.

Cricket fans were joined by a surprise guest during the Norfolk Twenty20 Cup final last night - a streaker on a bicycle!

Swardeston CC and Norwich CC were competing for the trophy at the Manor Park cricket ground near Horsford.

Swardeston had set Norwich a target of 185 in their innings, with six wickets lost and Richard Sims the top performing batsman with a knock of 53.

But midway through the chase the Norwich innings was interrupted after a man, wearing nothing but a t-shirt, black shoes and white socks, treated the crowd to a sight they probably hadn't wanted to see.

The streaker ran from the cricket ground's pavilion to the scoreboard end, to the bemusement of many watching the game.


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The Swardeston bowlers did not allow themselves to be distracted though and tore through the Norwich batting order to bowl them out for 111 runs, with former Norwich City footballer Chris Sutton falling for one and Jason Blake top-scoring with 27.

Peter Lambert was the star of the Swardeston bowling attack, finishing with figures of three wickets for 20 runs.

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While 16-year-old Callum Taylor, who just two days earlier burst on to the minor counties scene with an excellent 48 runs from 33 balls for Norfolk, showed his bowling talents as well by taking two wickets for 27 runs.

But as the final wicket was taken and Swardeston claimed the victory, the streaker made a second break for freedom.

This time he was on a bicycle and darted straight for the stumps, to the amusement of the Manor Park crowd.

The @SRBSports Twitter account had been live tweeting throughout the match and said: 'The streaker is back, on a bike this time, hang on he's just crashed into the wicket. Only in Norfolk.'

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