Sway 1st XI maintain 100% record
CD3S SWAY I 233-5 PAULTONS II 125-9
Sway made it seven wins from seven in the league this year
with a comprehensive win over Paultons. After losing the
toss Sway were asked to bat and made a rapid start, despite
the early loss of Tim Noble. Neil Prince (65) nursed his
hangover by continuing his good form with a swashbuckling
innings that featured 12 boundaries. When Prince fell just
after drinks Sway’s Jack Walton accumulated at one end while
Nilantha Attapatu (64) was the more brutal of the two, with
three sixes, one in particular that went miles and another
that brought up his half century, before he was out caught
as Sway comfortably reached the 200 mark.
With the order rejigged to ensure Sway earned maximum
batting points, Adam Clarke was unlucky to be bowled after
the ball hit a combination of his bat, pad and shoulder,
before skipper Alex Hall hit a huge six in his brief and
enjoyable cameo of 15, while Walton (58*) went to another
fifty towards the end of the allotted 45 overs.
In reply Sway knew they needed early wickets and after a
sharp chance went down, got one when John Waller (1-27)
enticed a drive that went into the safe hands of Jack
Baughan at cover. The next victims went to the fiery David
Steadman (4-19) who bowled with pace and accuracy, and aided
by great slip catches by Prince and John Grasham, picked up
the bulk of the top order to leave Paultons 46-5 after the
two opening bowlers had bowled out their 10 overs each.
There was to be no let off as the even quicker and hostile
Grasham was introduced and very unfortunate to get a wicket.
The next breakthrough came when Attapatu clean bowled the
most dangerous Paultons batsman, who had landed a couple of
lusty blows, and Sway were now firmly on top and Paultons
playing for points. Walton grabbed a scalp and as Sway went
in search of wickets Hall introduced the part-time off-spin
of Noble, who, thanks to a great catch by Steadman, got his
first Sway wicket, and duly his second as Sway managed to
get nine wickets and 23 points, a win that keeps them top of
Jack Walton - averaging
77 with the bat this season.