Lambert thrilled to reach big landmark as success at Swardeston continues

Peter Lambert hit his 10,000th run for Swardeston as he scored 88 in a losing cause at Great Witchin

Peter Lambert hit his 10,000th run for Swardeston as he scored 88 in a losing cause at Great Witchingham. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Tim Ferley

Swardeston batsman Peter Lambert is celebrating after passing 10,000 runs for the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League club.

The 28-year-old scored 88 as the south Norfolk side were beaten by 20 runs at Great Witchingham in the EAPL on Saturday and passed the landmark in the process.

Lambert, who also plays football for Gorleston, hit 10 fours and two sixes during his 77-ball knock as top scorer in a losing cause and was delighted to surpass 10,000 competitive first XI runs during his 11th season with the villagers.

'I've had it in my mind for a few years now so it's a really nice feeling to reach 10,000 for Swardeston,' Lambert said.

'I hadn't thought about it too much though and I've dropped down the order a touch this season as well, I'm generally coming in at five or six, but this weekend I managed to get a few so I've reached it a bit quicker than I thought I would.

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'It's all about contributing to the team and on Saturday I got a few runs but we lost, so I'd rather get zero and we won.'

The batsman has enjoyed a great deal of success with his club so far, winning six EAPL titles.

He took his total to 10,008 before top scoring with an unbeaten 47 as Swardeston gained immediate revenge against Witchingham in a 10-run win on Sunday to secure progress to the regional stages of the National Club Twenty20 – a competition Lambert won in 2010 and 2016 with Swardeston.

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'I've won the league six times with the club but the two big ones were the national finals, they've always stuck in my mind and we've always tried to compete at that level and win them again,' he added.

'The first win back in 2010 was really good, we had some brilliant players. We had Jaden Hatwell over from New Zealand and Richard Sims, and I was one of the young guys.

'In that final we were the absolute underdogs against four other big teams. We squeezed through the first game and then won the final against South Northumberland.

'That was my highlight, to win on the national stage as a small village club was amazing.

'I got man of the match (after a spectacular unbeaten 72) and it was live on Sky at the Rose Bowl, whereas it's a highlights package now.'

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