2nd August 2014

 

Sway II march into promotion zone

Sway II 187-7, Boscombe 121ao

Sway hosted Boscombe in a crucial game for both sides promotion hopes. Sway lost the toss and were put into bat and lost a couple of relatively early wickets losing Dan Stevenson (18) to the well-travelled Malik Kudmany and Justin Connor (8), caught behind off Sheikh. Decent knocks, however from the in-form Chris Hammond (26) and a patient Sam Nailor (34) got the Sway innings back on track. Alas, after good starts the pair both fell before they could really go on and inflict real pain on the Boscombe attack and when Vito Falso became Kudmany's second victim Sway's innings on a bit of a knife edge at 98-5. Classy youngster Oscar Marshall on his 2nd team debut however batted very sensibly for his 42 runs – slowly at first before accelerating and along with namesake Dave Marshall (21*) the pair guided Sway towards a decent total on a slowish pitch with a 58 run partnership. Dom Woodfine (12*) joined Marshall for the final push and entertained with three fine boundaries as Sway finished up on 187-7.

In reply Boscombe got off to a rapid start and were well on the required rate despite some tidy bowling from spinner Nathan David. Although Sway did pick up an run out following some excellent work from Sam Nailor, Sway’s problems increased when Nailor himself was forced out of the attack in just his 3rd over after bowling to many full-tosses. The key moment came when the impressive Dom Woodfine had the dangerous Pete Kirtzinger caught and bowled stooping to take a low catch. At drinks Boscombe were probably still favourites but the game was still in the balance. Dave Marshall then returned to the attack with Oscar Marshall replacing Nailor at the opposite end. The double-Marshall attacked worked for Sway with the pair picking up 6 wickets between them – Dave Marshall 4 and Oscar 2 with good catches taken by Stevenson, Connor and keeper Symons as the Boscombe innings imploded in a melee of rash shots resulting in the disappointed visiting skipper keeping his team in the changing room for 20 minutes after the game!

Sway now move into the promotion places and will be looking to push on in next week's trip to Hyde's lovely ground.