26th July  2014

 

Noble & Steadman the heroes in battling 1st XI win

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY DIVISION 3 (S)

CALMORE SPORTS II 162-7 SWAY 167-8

report by Jon Waller


Sway endured a tough test at Calmore on a difficult pitch to keep their promotion prospects on track. Tim Noble excelled with the bat in a match-winning innings of 77 and David Steadman held his nerve to hit a four and a six to win the match in the last over.

After choosing to bowl first Sway were not their usual selves in the field during the first 15 overs Jon Waller (1-27) getting the one wicket to fall. After some choice words at the first drinks break things improved, with John Grasham (2-20) and Nilantha Attapatu (1-25), bowling very tidy spells. While the home batsmen hit some nice shots they never really accelerated the tempo as spinners Jack Walton (2-27), and Steve How bowled very tightly, highlighted by Calmore batsman Michael Cook only completing his fifty three balls form the end having batted for 35 overs. [unusually this was Cook's second league 50 against Sway in 2014 - he scored 60 and took 5 wickets in an outing for Calmore II v Sway II back in May - Ed.]

In reply Sway got off to a brilliant start with Noble crashing six boundaries and were at 41 when Prince (10) was out. Noble and Walton carried on the good work until the latter was out and Sway then lost Atapattu and Adam Clark in quick succession before a very harsh decision accounted for Alex Hall as 70-1 became 81-5. FJ Charton (12) supported Noble before being out and by the time Grasham (10) was at the crease Sway were needing almost a run a ball and Calmore were bowling well. Grasham was then bowled after hitting the first boundary for a dozen overs and Sway knew they were up against it as Steadman joined Noble.

With his team mates chewing their fingernails on the sidelines Noble went to his fifty and clattered two boundaries, but then holed out. The nerves were really jangling as How went to the crease, with Sway needing nine runs off two overs, and finally five from the last with Steadman on strike. The field was up so Steadman opted to hit out and crashed the first ball over the top for four. He then finished the game in emphatic style by smacking a full toss high over the leg-side boundary to the delight of his team-mates. Credit must go to Calmore though for giving it a real go and Sway were very relieved to win while not at their best.

Steadman kitted up and nervously waiting to go out and bat!