Swardeston's fine run of form is set to be put to the test
PUBLISHED: 06:35 14 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:10 16 June 2019
Swardeston's impressive run of form will be put to the test in big home matches coming up this month.
As is generally the case Joe Gatting's side are chasing silverware at both domestic and national level this season, and are unbeaten since the opening day as they prepare for more tough challenges.
They welcome defending champions Sudbury to The Common on Saturday for a mouth-watering clash in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League while there will be a switch in focus on Sunday, June 30 when they entertain Essex League outfit Chelmsford in the last 32 of the Royal London Club Championship.
Swardeston go into the Sudbury game with a 10 point lead at the top of the table after having the better of last week's drawn game at second placed Frinton. But they will be treating their visitors with utmost respect, having seen them win five games on the trot to move up to third, 28 points behind the leaders.
The other EAPL game in Norfolk on Saturday is at Manor Park, where Horsford play host to Saffron Walden. Vauxhall Mallards travel to Cambridge looking for their first win while Great Witchingham visit Copdock.
A week of almost incessant rain will have made life tough for groundsmen across the region - but at least there is a decent forecast for Saturday.
The miserable weather washed out the opening two fixtures of the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 competition at Manor Park.
The annual tournament was due to have got under way this week with a couple of fixtures but both were called off early and will now be played next month.
Two more games are scheduled for next week, with Norwich taking on Vauxhall Mallards on Tuesday and Swardeston playing Brooke on Thursday (both 6pm).
The postponed games involving Horsford and Mallards and Great Witchingham and Brooke have been rearranged for July 9 and 10 respectively.
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