12th July  2014

 

Magnificent performance by 1st XI
 

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 wicket.

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