Swardeston preparing for most prestigious match in club’s history

Swardeston cricketer Joe Gatting made his debut for Dereham Town Football Club last night. Picture:

Swardeston cricketer Joe Gatting made his debut for Dereham Town Football Club last night. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Swardeston will host what is being billed as the most prestigious match in their history on Sunday when they play their Royal London Club Championship semi-final at The Common.

The reigning East Anglian Premier League champions – who will secure their fifth consecutive EAPL title if they win at Horsford tomorrow – host Weybridge in the cup competition.

The Surrey side won their quarter-final with three wickets to spare at Havant and Swardeston romped to a 129-run victory at High Wycombe, with Lewis Denmark scoring 72 in a total of 246 for eight, before captain Mark Thomas and George Walker both took three wickets to dismiss the hosts for just 117. The victors will progress to the national final at Northamptonshire CCC on Sunday, September 18, where they will face either South Northumberland or Ormskirk.

'We're playing pretty well at the moment, other than a few hiccups, so hopefully we can continue that,' skipper Thomas said.

'It would be nice to wrap the league up on Saturday, it would be nice to put that behind us and then we can focus on our other competitions. It's always nice if you are on a winning run to trying and keep it up.'


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The south Norfolk side are still in the running for glory on four fronts, following defeat to Vauxhall Mallards in the NW Brown Norfolk T20 competition earlier this month.

As well as the Royal London Club Championship and the EAPL, they also have the Carter Cup final against Norwich approaching on Sunday, September 4, followed by Natwest Club T20 finals day at Derby two days later.

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Thomas expects to have a full squad to choose from on Sunday and is looking forward to the game, adding: 'One of the nice things about this tournament is you are playing against teams who don't know you and you don't know them, so you just play the ball rather than the player.'

The semi-final starts at 12pm, with free entry and opportunities to contribute to club funds, with food and a bar available.

• Horsford head into their home clash with Swardeston with a 14-point lead over bottom-of-the-table Woolpit, who travel to mid-table Burwell. Great Witchingham are just four points better off and could do with a win over sixth-placed Sudbury at Walcis Park.

Vauxhall Mallards travel to Copdock and Old Ipswichian while Norwich host mid-table rivals Frinton-on-Sea at Ingham.

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