29th July  2014

 

Record broken in exciting friendly

Sway 251-7, Alderton 248-4

Sway played host to regular tourists Alderton on a scorching hot afternoon at Milford upon Sea. The visitors elected to bat first on a what looked to be an excellent batting track and fast outfield. With the score on just 5 Sway made an early breakthrough when Humphreys was caught off Warren Bennet by Casper Todd. There was further joy for Sway when number 3 Law was caught off Sam Crumpton behind the keeper on the leg side by a running Chris Hammond. This merely brought the big hitting Keith Finson to the crease and from that moment on the Sway bowlers increasing toiled in the searing heat. In partnership with the rather cautious opener Pye, the pair put on a partnership of 137 with Finson hitting 12x4 and 5 x 6 on his way to his maiden century. Pye was eventually caught by James Marshall off Bennet for 44 and Finson thankfully retired when he got his ton so Sway hoped for more joy with the ball. Again it was hard work for the bowlers though as S Walding (24*) and S Markham (41) plundered more runs. It was not until the 40th and final over that Sway struck again when Markham was caught on the boundary by Hammond. The final over bowled by young Bradley Balcombe only went for 2 runs which was to prove crucial later in the game.

Skipper Chris Straw decided that attack from the outset was the best policy but the plan backfired on the very first ball when Vito Falso tried to smash a short ball outside off to cow but only succeeded in nicking the ball through to the keeper - no other than a gleeful Pete Bennet who was keeping for the oppo. Chris Hammond joined Caspar Todd and the pair's contrasting form for obvious., Hammond looked very comfortable whereas Todd was soon given the nickname "Casper the Cat" as he worked his way through 9 lives. Nevertheless the pair put on 98 for the 2nd wicket before Todd's luck eventually ran out when he was caught for 40. Hammond made 51 before being stumped and Warren Bennet added a useful 14 leaving Sway at 130-4 with both Marshalls at the crease. Marshall senior was moving the score along quickly but was "sledged out" for 25 - constant (and true) banter about only having "1 shot" prompted Marshall to bring out his late cut with inevitable and amusing results. Laurie Symons joined Marshall Jnr and an excellent 50+ partnership developed. Big hits especially from Marshall and some rapid running brought Sway to 215 off 36 overs - needing 34 to win off 4 overs. Symons was bowled for 25 however and with young Balcome struggling to get the ball away, the required turned into 30 off 18 balls with Nick Brien joining Marshall (42*) at the crease. The pair played really well with more big shots and quick running and Brien (12*)  hit a boundary to win the game off the penultimate ball and conclude an excellent and hard fought game cricket.

Scoring 251 batting second to win the game is an all-time record run chase for Sway, beating the previous record and only the 5th time Sway have scored over 200 to win a game batting second. Ironically the previous record was 250 - also against Alderton in 2012!

1 29/07/2014 Friendly Alderton 251 Milford
2 24/07/2012 Friendly Alderton 250 Jubilee
3 24/08/2013 3rd XI Bashley V 223 Boltons
4 29/06/2008 Friendly Sanford Arms 221 Jubilee
5 16/06/2007 1st XI Lymington III 204 Balmer Lawn