Swardeston to host Twenty20 extravaganza
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The south-east finals of the Natwest Twenty20 competition will be held at Swardeston on Sunday.
The finals were due to be held at Bury St Edmunds last Sunday but were postponed because of the weather and will now be played at The Common instead.
Swardeston are scheduled to play North Middlesex in the first semi-final at 10.45am, before Wanstead and Henley face each other in the other semi-final at 1pm.
The two teams in the final will then compete for a place in the last eight of the national competition at 4pm, with the winner taking a place in one of the four regional finals on Sunday, August 24.
The four winners will then progress to the national finals, which will be held at Northamptonshire CCC on Tuesday, September 9 and will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Swardeston won the competition in 2010, when it was named the Cockspur Club Twenty20, beating South Northumberland in the final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Club captain Peter Thomas said admission for the finals on Sunday was free, with car parking, food and refreshments all available for spectators.
“All the sides involved won their respective premier leagues, like us winning the East Anglian Premier League, so the standard is going to be high,” Thomas said.
Swardeston will be without batsman Callum Taylor, as he is away with the England Under-17s.
The 17-year-old Norfolk player was in action with England on Wednesday when the Under-17s won a warm-up game against the South Africa Under-19s at Loughborough by 23 runs.
He then continues today with the first of three one-day games against Pakistan Under-17s at Loughborough, with the second game on Sunday and the third on Tuesday. The series then concludes with a three-day match, which starts next Friday.