5th July  2014

 


Bramwell hat-trick hero for 2nd XI
 

A devastating spell of pace bowling from Matt Bramwell blew away the Redlynch & Hale top order and very nearly ended the game in premature fashion. Sway skipper Kev Glass won the toss and put the visitors in to bat looking to make the most of the new ball. With just 6 runs on the board, Bramwell steamed in for his third over firstly knocking the off stump out of the ground of the opener Dean,  then next ball he trapped number 3 Lindsey LBW and the field closed in for the hat-trick ball. The ball was duly delivered in exactly the right spot on off stump and all number four Vincent could do was to edge the ball to 3rd slip where the ball was well caught by Steve How to spark jubilant scenes. A finer hat-trick is unlikely to be seen. The next over from miserly Dave Marshall had number five Dowding caught at slip by Chris Hammond to leave the visitors in deep trouble at 8 runs for 4 wickets off 8 overs.

Things did not really improve for Redlynch and thoughts were turning to an early trip to the delights Hare & Hounds beer festival when Bramwell (10-4-11-4) picked up his 4th wicket then Sam Nailor (8-2-23-2) came on and bowled the numbers 7 & 8 to leave the visitors at 31-7. Redlynch did however manage to rally - thanks to sensible batting by the experienced Whitmarsh (32) alongside excellent technique from youngster Tanner (18no). The pair took Redlynch slowly on to 78 before Marshall (10-5-8-2) returned to bowl Whitmarsh. There was still time for Steve How (8-3-13-1) to pick up a wicket, but the visitors did at least manage to bat out their allocated overs and set a total of 93-9.

Sway went out for for should have been a routine run chase, but not for the first time this season made very hard work of it and never really killed off the oppositions hopes. Redlynch opener Barrett was firing in some pacy and often short stuff - and this did for How as he mis-timed a hook and ballooned a catch to the keeper for 2 - the same score as number 3 Caspar Todd who was caught also off Barrett. Chris Hammond started in aggressive fashion and could have put the game beyond the visitors but he drove a ball off low down on the bat and was caught at mid-off. When Niall Gallagher edged one behind, for Barretts 4th wicket Sway were in trouble at 35-4.

Opener Nailor was still there however and along with skipper Glass, Sway were still on course. Barrett (10-2-34-5) was not finished however and he bowled opener Nailor for 22 to complete his 5 wicket haul. Sway nerves jangled further when Glass holed out to leave Sway at 61-6 - 33 short of victory with just 4 wickets in hand. It was down to Marshall (27*) and Laurie Symons to concentrate hard and wait for the bad balls - the mission was successfully accomplished and the pair brought Sway home without further incident and with 10 overs to spare.