6th July  2014

 

Pylewell veterans show 4th XI the way
 

SWAY IV 111, PYLEWELL PARK II 225 - 9


Sway 4ths finally got to play a game at their fosterage home ground of Bolton's Bench, and as expected the wicket looked in robust health.

Pylewell batted first and Sway were to rue some early missed chances as the top four in the order all made runs, skipper Chris Melluish was first out caught by Chris Baughan off of Chris Straw for 21. Sway based Chris Todd and Matt Sterling then added 84 for the 2nd wicket before Henry Marden took an excellent catch off Mark Wright's bowling removing Sterling for 42, Johnny Kennedy joined Todd and the next wicket didn't fall until 174 runs were on the board, Marden again holding the catch as Todd perished for a opulent 71 made in front of his visiting New Zealand based Grandchildren, the mean lean Brien Machine being the successful bowler.
Sway now enjoyed their best part of the match as James Brearley in his first game of the season removed Kennedy for 40 and then took 4 wickets in one over including a hat trick which started with a brilliant caught and bowled and finished with 2 clean bowled. Straw picked up another wicket Tony Owen holding a good catch but Sway couldn't get full bowling points as Pylewell ended up on 225 - 9 with Brearley 5 - 34 and Straw 2 - 39 principal wicket takers.

Sway's reply was a little bit leaden as runs were hard to come by with just 17 coming in the first 10 overs and the writing was on the wall by halfway as the total stood at 48 - 4. The one bright spot was the promising debut of Pete How who followed up an impressive display in the field by making 29 runs in good style before being run out by a unusually oscillate Derek Seward who then extended his not out run as Sway concluded on 111 in the final over, although the watching crowd not including the earlier pitch invaders were treated to a glorious trademark Dapper cover drive.

Another pitch invasion at Bolton's Bench, this time not Oompah Loompas but a collection of Totton's finest!