Magnificent performance by 1st
A wonderful Sway team performance
saw them triumph over league leaders Bishops Waltham in
their top of the table clash. Bishops had previously won all
five of their games without dropping a single point, while
Sway, who were second, also had five wins from their five
matches this season. Sway lost the toss and Bishops Waltham
opted to give their formidable batting line-up, whose lowest
score this year had been 288, first use of a green looking
The away side started well with the ball but initially got
no reward despite some tight bowling and fantastic fielding,
namely by Adam Clarke, who made two terrific stops. David
Steadman (0-23) looked dangerous in his eight over burst but
it was Jon Waller (4-36), who started to make inroads into
the hosts batting, claiming the first three wickets, two
bowled and one aided by a catch from John Grasham.
Bishops appeared shell shocked and the wickets continued to
fall with the pacy Grasham getting the next two, with one
bowled and the other well caught by Jack Walton. When
Baughan claimed a catch off Waller’s bowling Sway were
cock-a-hoop while Bishops, at 61-6, were in real trouble.
The hosts then staged a mini revival that looked dangerous
until Jack Walton (3-19) got the breakthrough. Bishops were
under kept constant pressure with tight bowling from all the
bowlers, including Nilantha Attapatu who weighed in with a
wicket at the end.
In reply Sway openers Alex Hall and Neil Prince knew they
needed to consolidate and see off the new ball to keep
Bishops at bay. They did that and more as Prince tore into
the bowling, smacking anything that was in his arc to the
boundary. He made 65 off 67 balls, including a straight six,
as the opening pair put on 96 in quick time.
When Prince departed after a mis-timed drive, Walton and
Hall, who batted very sensibly throughout for his unbeaten
41, steadied the ship with some assured batting. Sway were
only six runs short of the target when Walton was bowled
playing around a straight one and it was left to Attapatu to
smack a boundary to secure Sway's 24-point win, which
ensured they replaced their hosts at the league summit.
Report by Jon Waller