Three key games in successive days for high-flying Swardeston

Young Swardeston paceman Tom Oxley in full flight during Saturday's win over Burwell. Picture: Tim F

Young Swardeston paceman Tom Oxley in full flight during Saturday's win over Burwell. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Archant

Swardeston face the testing prospect of playing three matches in three days as they attempt to stay on course for a quadruple.

Mark Thomas' side are still chasing silverware in four competitions – and will be aiming to secure a first trophy this evening when they face Great Witchingham in the final of the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 competition.

They then have an important East Anglian Premier League fixture at Vauxhall Mallards before travelling to Essex to take on Wanstead and Snaresbrook in the last 16 of the national Royal London Club Championship on Sunday.

Swardeston also have the Carter Cup final against Norwich to look forward on August Bank Holiday Monday - but for the time being their focus is on a hectic spell which gets under way at Manor Park today (6pm).

The Norfolk Twenty20 competition reaches its conclusion with an encounter between the county's two leading clubs in the EAPL this season.

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Swardeston, who were beaten at the same stage last summer by Vauxhall Mallards, reached this year's final by seeing off Brooke by 86 runs after making 176-5 in their 20 overs.

Great Witchingham beat holders Mallards by 18 runs after successfully defending a modest total of 133-4.

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After travelling to Halvergate in the league the following day Swardeston must then switch their focus back to limited overs cricket, with a 45 overs per side contest against opponents who currently lead the top flight of the Shepherd Neame Essex League.

Thomas' men were runners-up in this competition last season as well as winning the NatWest Club T20. They were knocked out of latter by Horsford earlier in the summer so are now focusing their efforts on the longer format.

The winner of the match will play either Teddington of the Middlesex Premier League or High Wycombe of the Home Counties Premier League in the quarter-finals.

In tomorrow's other EAPL games Great Witchingham host Frinton, Norwich entertain leaders Sudbury at Postwick and Horsford travel to Burwell.

Sudbury start the day nine points clear of Swardeston at the top.

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