Super Swannell sets up revenge victory
GODMANCHESTER exacted revenge on Cambridge Granta in the final of the Gifford Cup. The final was a repeat of last year s which saw Granta continue their five-year jinx over Godmanchester and lift the trophy at Huntingdon Cricket Club. But this time a supe
GODMANCHESTER exacted revenge on Cambridge Granta in the final of the Gifford Cup.
The final was a repeat of last year's which saw Granta continue their five-year jinx over Godmanchester and lift the trophy at Huntingdon Cricket Club.
But this time a superb all-round performance from Godmanchester's Paul Swannell guided his side to a deserved victory.
Granta elected to bat after winning the toss and posted 81 runs in their first six overs.
Opener Paul Dean smashed a half-century from just 35 balls as the alarm bells began to ring for Godmanchester.
But Swannell swooped to dismiss Dean for 60 before some tight bowling from David McCallum and Craig Park slowed the scoring rate.
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Granta finished their innings on 150-5 from their 15 eight-ball overs. Swannell was the top wicket-taker, ending with figures of 3-40.
In reply Godmanchester shrugged off the loss of two wickets in their first four overs to make a brisk start.
Matt Pateman (21) and Craig Park (35) batted well but it was Swannell's introduction that turned the tide in Godmanchester's favour.
The all-rounder was in imperious form and brought up his half-century in just 33 balls. Swannell finished on 72 not out which included 56 runs from boundaries as Godmanchester reached their target with more than two overs to spare.
Matt Davies-Binge also contributed with 20 not out as Godmanchester celebrated victory.