Swardeston Swallows Crowned Shell Women's Indoor League Champions 2018

Swardeston Swallows Crowned Shell Women's Indoor League Champions 2018Swardeston Swallows Crowned Shell Women's Indoor League Champions 2018

The Shell Women’s Indoor League saw a new name appear on the trophy after its 4th successful season. Swardeston ladies completed the clean sweep on the road to the final and finished in style on Sunday 18th March.

The 10-week competition played at Hethersett Academy saw 8 Ladies teams battle it out for the Shell Women’s Indoor league Trophy. The competition saw a new structure in 2018, with all 8 teams playing in 2 leagues at one venue. This league format then offered half of the teams a Plate Competition after the group matches.

The following teams all took part in the 2018 competition. Old Buckenham, Swardeston Swallows, Swardeston Swifts, Great Melton, Langley, Garboldisham, Winterton and Topcroft. The format that has been very popular and well received amongst the ladies, allows games to be completed in just over an hour making a fun, fast and enjoyable experience for players and spectators.

The top two teams from each group proceeded to the main competition whilst the remaining 4 teams progressed to the Plate competition. The Plate competition as battled out between Topcroft, Langley, Winterton and Great Melton. Topcroft overcame their competition to become 2018 Plate winners. The Top 2 teams from each group, included, Swardeston Swallows, Swardeston Swifts, Old Buckenham and Garboldisham. After the Semi-finals, Swardeston Swallows played and overcame Old Buckenham in a thrilling final which proposed as a great advert for Ladies cricket in Norfolk. Congratulations to Swardeston Swallows!

The 2018 tournament saw a over 60 players take part across 8 teams. It is also great to see so many youngsters involved in the ladies Teams. The matches are always played in great spirit with a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere, but the competitive element is still fully present. We would like to thank all participating teams for creating this wonderful environment.

The Norfolk Cricket Board would like to thank Shell for their first year of sponsorship of the competition and would also like to thank all the 8 teams for taking part in the competition. Jason Reynolds (Competition Organiser) said “We are really happy with how the competition has run in 2017. The feedback is great and we are really happy to be offering something the Women want. It’s also great to see so many new women to the game, which can only help the Women’s cricket. The standard of women’s cricket is getting better and better each game. We hope to continue this growth in 2019. ”

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