26th July  2014

 

Sway II 103-4, Nomansland 99ao  Sway won by 6 wickets

Sway II kept their promotion campaign on track with a strong all round performance. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a good-looking wicket opening up with their experienced partnership of Darren Grayer and in-form run merchant Sam Dempster. Sway skipper Kev Glass opted for a contrasting styles – the tricky freeform jazz  of spinner Nathan David and the 150bpm hardcore techno chin music of Matt Bramwell. The ecletic mixture created immediate problems for Nomansland and in just the 2nd over, Grayer nicked a rapid Bramwell delivery and was caught in the gully by Dave Marshall. David at the other end produced arguably his finest Sway performance to date giving the batsmen very little to work with – his first 6 overs went for just a single run and claimed the wicket of Westhead clean bowled for 5. Sway knew that Dempster was the key wicket, however, and he was showing attacking intent. So when Dempster slightly mis-timed a big hit off David down to mid-on whip was dropped, the skipper must have worried that Sway would come to regret this mistake. Just a few balls later however, these fears were banished when Bramwell (7-0-14-2) produced a snorter of a delivery to bowl the danger man for just 6. Nomansland continued to struggle for runs – tight bowling combined with superb fielding. Sway’s young guns Dom Woodfine and Vito Falso inspired their older team-mates producing a series of outstanding stops that left the Nomansland batsmen wondering if they would ever get a ball of the square. Woodfine then produced a top class catch running in and diving fully forward at fully stretch to remove Mike Rowland for a duck off David (10-5-18-3) and the spinner deservedly took the wicket of Gary Loveless (16) when a ball was smashed at Bramwell at a shortish mid-on who stuck a hand out and was surprised himself to find it lodged securely in his sticky hand. J Mason (24) and Ian Loveless 18 did provide some resistance but it was not to last as Sway’s change bowlers got amongst the wickets A hostile Sam Nailor picked up two wickets, one caught by Justin Connor and Mason cleaned up comprehensively. Dave Marshall (7-1-24-2) after a bit of tussle with Loveless got his man with a yorker and had the number 10 sharply stumped by Laurie Symons. It was left to Dom Woodfine (4.3-1-5-1) to deservedly pick up the final wicket to leave the visitors skittled out for 99.

Despite the low target, Sway’s recent batting frailty mean that nothing could be taken for granted, however, on this occasion the chase proved relatively comfortable. Openers Dan Stevenson and Chris Hammond put on 27 before Hammond was bowled for 18. Powerhouse Vito Falso then proceeded to banish any remaining nerves by smashing a quick fire 27 to put Sway well on track for victory before being bowled. Stevenson fell for 9, but Dom Woodfine played some nice strokes for his 13 so it was a relative formality for the experienced pairing of Connor (10*) and Marshall (6*) to see Sway home to victory without any further incident.