VIDEO: Swardeston players mix with legends during West Indies trip

Cockspur Twenty20 Cup winners Swardeston CC have returned from their ten-day holiday to Barbados, their prize for winning the national knock-out competition.

Ten of the 13-man Rose Bowl squad were joined by club officials and family members to enjoy the hospitality from tournament sponsors Cockspur Rum at the Discovery Bay resort on the west coast of the island.

Nine of the players took part in the 33rd Rumsey Pro-Am Barbados Cricket Festival.

The players were split into two teams with Peter Lambert, Michael Eccles, Jaden Hatwell and Jonny Cooper joining former England batsman Bill Athey's XI and George Walker, Will Rist, Sam Thelwell, Ian Tufts and James Pearson playing for ex-South African batsman Brian McMillan's XI. Swardeston captain Mark Thomas opted for a relaxing holiday.

Other players featuring in the tournament included former England one-day international Mal Loye, West Indian test bowler Tino Best and former Kent wicketkeeper Steve Marsh.


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With all matches played in the 20-over format, the teams were completed by sides from the Barbados Cricket League and Barbados Combined Schools.

The group games saw Athey's team win all three games, while McMillan's side lost all three.

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Lambert continued his fine form, which had seen his unbeaten 72 at the Rose Bowl win the man of the match award and help secure the trip.

This time he scored an amazing century against the McMillan team at the historic Empire CC, the club who have included in their ranks West Indian greats Frank Worrell and Charlie Griffith.

In the final, Athey's XI prevailed to take the title with a nine-run victory over the Barbados Cricket League.

Jaden Hatwell was awarded the Athey XI's man of the series award for a fine all-round tournament with both bat and ball, while Peter Lambert was awarded the trophy for leading run scorer, with 221 runs, the first time the award has been won by an Englishman in the history of the competition.

The group also enjoyed a visit to the Clobi Cup World Masters at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, a tournament that brought together retired international cricketers from the West Indies, England, India and Sri Lanka.

The line-up included Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose, Devon Malcolm, Dominic Cork, Phil De Freitas and Chaminda Vaas.

Several Swardeston members also called in on a local league game taking place across the road from the hotel, which included former West Indies test cricketers Pedro Collins and Ian Bradshaw.

As well as the cricket on offer, the party enjoyed the beach and the pool at the complex, various watersports on offer as well as pleasure trips round the island.

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