Swardeston claimed a slice of cricketing history on Sunday evening when
they won the Vitality Club Twenty20 Championship at the Pattonair County
Ground in Derby.
Having lifted the Royal London Club Championship trophy at Lord's
last Monday the Norfolk side became the first team to complete a
national double when they beat Toft by 21 runs in the final over the
In a match played under floodlights after a long
rain delay, Swardeston made 178-7 in their 20 overs and then bowled
their Cheshire opponents our for 157.
After being asked
to bat first Swardeston got off to a steady start, with opener Jordan
Taylor leading way with 45 and Callum Taylor, Stephen Gray and skipper
Joe Gatting also making useful contributions.
At 102-4 Swardeston's total then needed a boost and it came from a
swift partnership of 63 between Peter Lambert and Lewis Denmark who made
33 and 39 respectively after each facing 21 deliveries.
were soon in trouble in reply, slipping to 9-2 as Callum Taylor struck
twice. Robert Sehmi and Andrew Jackson then gave them some hope by
putting on 54 for the third wicket before Freddie Ruffell had the latter
caught by Jordan Taylor for 28. Sehmi quickly followed for 25, caught
behind off Richard Sims with the required rate having risen to nearly 11
an over at the halfway stage.
Toft were far from finished
however, with Henry Hughes and James Scott adding a hard-hitting 64 in a
stand that was finally ended when Hughes became another victim for Gray
off the bowling of Gatting. When Scott then went for 41 the race was
all but run and Toft eventually finished 21 runs short, with Callum
Taylor taking 5-18 in his four overs.
Swardeston had booked their
place in the final with a comfortable 47 run win over Surrey side
Cranleigh which was completed before the arrival of the rain which
caused the second semi-final to be reduced to 12 overs a side.
After being asked to bat first Gatting's side recovered from an
indifferent start to make 200-6 in their 20 overs. The innings was built
around a fourth wicket partnership of 99 between Lambert and Gatting,
who made 70 and 61 respectively. Cranleigh were always up against it in
reply and finished on 153-8.