Southwater’s dream season sealed with cup success

Southwater celebrate their Lord's Sunday Twenty20 Cup win
Southwater celebrate their Lord's Sunday Twenty20 Cup win

Southwater skipper Johann Brouwer has saluted a ‘dream’ season after his side lifted the Lord’s Sunday Twenty20 Cup at the weekend to clinch a magical double.

The Church Lane side achieved their long-term goal of promotion to the Sussex League last month after winning the West Sussex Invitation League, but Sunday’s success has proved the icing on an historic season.

After comfortably dispatching Eastergate in the quarter-final last month, Southwater overcame Ram by four wickets in the semi on Sunday, before beating Brighton & Hove 3rd by six runs in the final.

Brouwer said: “I am still waiting for it to sink in I think. I do not think the club has ever achieved this sort of success in a season before.

“Playing in the Sussex League next year is something I am really looking forward to and it will bring new challenges to the club.

“At the start of the year the aim was to win the league, but to go and win the league and the cup is a dream and it’s a shame it all has to come to an end.

“The guys have been brilliant this year as I have said before and I could not have asked for more as a captain.”

In the semi-final, Ram after losing the toss made 105-8 in their overs, which Southwater chased down with four wickets remaining as Alex Harding (24) and Nick Baker (41) lead the way.

The final was a much closer affair as Southwater, after opting to bat, posted 128-5 with Brouwer’s 27, Danny Humphreys’ 31 and Greg Young’s unbeaten 43 key.

Brighton then came up six runs short in the chase losing their final wicket on the final ball to finish 122 all out.

Brouwer added: “We did make hard work of it, that’s for sure.”