19th July  2014


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 the table.

Jack Walton - averaging 77 with the bat this season.