6th July  2014


Sway Under-15s Finish Season on a High

New Forest South U15: Hythe & Dibden 87ao Sway 162-1

Sway under 15s signed off their season with an emphatic win over Hythe & Dibden at Jones Lane. With regular skipper Chris Straw withdrawing through illness, George Lewis took the helm and the team proceeded to plunder their highest batting total of the season. Nick Brien (38) and Ryan Drayton (40 ret) pushed the scoring along at a rate of more than 7 an over until Brien was caught just shy of retirement but not before he had hit his first ever 6 for Sway, which dislodged a tile from the pavilion roof, now residing in the Brien household trophy cabinet. Lewis and Vito Falso continued in the same vein, with Falso hitting a belligerent 43 off just 16 balls faced, including 3 consecutive sixes to finish off his innings. James Marshall (7no) then joined Lewis (8no) to see Sway through to their highest ever total of 162-1. Pick of the Hythe & Dibden bowlers were C. Luke (3-0-10-1), D. Taylor (3-0-16-0) and S. Fenton (3-0-22-0) who collectively were able to partially stem the flow of Sway runs in the middle part of the innings.

With ball in hand, Sway made light work of the Hythe & Dibden top order, Marshall (4-1-22-1) claiming the first wicket in the 3rd over, caught by Lewis. Sway’s other opening bowler, U13 left-armer Bradley Balcombe (3-0-6-3), proceeded to steal the show by taking 3 wickets in his 2nd over, including a neat caught and bowled, to leave Hythe reeling on 10-4. Hythe & Dibden’s woes were compounded in the next over when an excellent pick up and throw from Alex Hirons fielding at cover point claimed a run out with a direct hit. James Symons was tidy behind the stumps as Sway’s first-change bowlers Adam Coe (2-0-12-1) and Hirons (2-0-12-1) continued to apply pressure, each claiming a wicket, with Lewis taking a second catch at extra cover off Hirons. At the half way stage of their innings Hythe were 42-7 but their lower order batsmen were able to provide some better resistance. An 8th wicket partnership of 44 runs between T. Jones (12) and T. Ladbury (19) was finally broken by Dan Simonini (1-0-8-1), who benefited from top-scorer T. Ladbury hitting his own wicket going for another big shot. Brien then mopped up the Hythe tail in the 14th over by clean bowling the last two batsmen to bring Hythe’s innings to a close on 87 all out. The win was a fine way to cap another successful season in the New Forest League for Sway.

Bradley  Balcombe - the latest quality left-arm bowler to roll off the Sway production line!