Swardeston still chasing quintuple ahead of Norfolk T20 final against Vauxhall Mallards

The Swardeston winning team in the final of the Norfolk Twenty20 2015 competition against Vauxhall M

The Swardeston winning team in the final of the Norfolk Twenty20 2015 competition against Vauxhall Mallards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Swardeston have an incredible five trophies in their sights as the season approaches its climax – and they will be aiming to get the first one in the bag this evening.

An exciting spell for the club gets under way with the final of the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 competition, with Vauxhall Mallards providing the opposition at Manor Park.

The two EAPL sides met in the final last year, with Swardeston claiming a 15-run success, and have once again proved to be the teams to beat in 2016.

Due to both semi-finals finishing in gloomy conditions last week the final has been brought forward 30 minutes and will now start at 5.30pm.

Once tonight's game is over Swardeston will be turning their attention to another busy weekend, with a home match in the EAPL against Copdock and Old Ipswichian followed on Sunday with a trip to Kibworth in Leicestershire to play in the East Midlands Area Final of the NatWest Club Twenty20 competition.


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Mark Thomas's team are currently 47 points clear at the top of the EAPL table with just six matches left to play, and will be aiming take another big step towards winning the league for the fifth year running against a side currently lying fourth.

Switching back to the shortest form of the game the following day, Swardeston will take on Old Northamptonians in the morning and, if successful, the winners of the other tie between Barrow Town and West Indian Cavaliers in the final after lunch.

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Two wins would leave them in the last eight, with seven other regional competitions taking place across the country at the same time. Success on Sunday would see them play next on August 21.

The other two targets for the Norfolk trailblazers this season are the Royal London Cup and the main local knock-out competition, the Bob Carter Cup.

Having recorded an emphatic win over High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire at the weekend Swardeston are now in the semi-finals of the national 45-over competition, and will be bidding for a place in the final on Sunday, August 28 when they take on Surrey outfit Weybridge at The Common.

The prize for the winners is an appearance in the final at the County Ground, Northampton, on September 18.

September 4 sees yet another big game, with Norwich lying in wait in the final of the Carter Cup. Swardeston lost to the same opposition last year when most of their top players were in Royal London Cup action so will have an added incentive to win the trophy this time around.

It all amounts to a hectic spell for Thomas and his players – and they will be hoping the weather stays fair to prevent the possibility of a fixture pile-up at the end of the campaign.

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