2nd August 2014


Burley Run Festival !

Friendly: Burley 303-6, Sway 272-9

Sway's motley crew of Sunday players made the short hop over to Burley with Niall Gallagher appearing to teleport himself over from Highcliffe at light speed to make up the numbers. Burley looked to have a good team out so it was with some trepidation that Sway, lacking somewhat in the bowling department, took to the bone dry square and outfield. In a game of fathers and sons, Burley opened with uber experienced Ian Edworthy and his son James. Neither looked remotely bothered by the Sway bowling attack and were soon plundering runs. It was Edworthy senior who was going at real pace bringing up his century in effortless fashion before giving James Marshall Sway's first wicket by "accidentally" stepping on his stumps. Edworthy junior retired when he reached his half century. No further wickets fell until the score was a whopping 253 in the 33rd over. In the meantime however the assembled crowds of tourists were sent scuttling to move their cars  by some memorable pie-tastic spells of bowling from Sway's occasional bowlers. Moonballer Dave Hurrell managed a dozen balls of perfection - each one on the same spot down leg side and was spanked for a painful 34 runs. Niall Gallagher was clearly only warming up in his first 3 overs which went for 43, as his last over was a maiden! Finally Laurie Symons reminded everyone why he is a keeper with a spell of 4 overs for 43. Amidst the carnage Casper Todd bowled pretty well picking up one wicket for 39 off 7 overs  but it was Sway's youngest bowlers that impressed. U14 Michael Allport (8-0-45-1) proved tricky to get away and deservedly got a wicket when Dan Maher holed out to Marshall Snr at deep mid-off. Fellow U14 James Marshall returned the pick of the figures with 3 for 33 off 7 overs. In the field there were top efforts all round especially Barney West who was throwing himself at everything with much trampling in the undergrowth. By the end of the 40 overs the home side had racked up an impressive 303-6 but were soon to discover even a score that large needed defending in the batsman friendly conditions.

After a delightful and most hospitable tea, Sway opened their reply with Niall Gallagher and Laurie Symons - clearly there was a plan to attack from the start but in the event the idea proved worse than Lincoln's decision that Friday was a good day to go to the theatre! Gallagher drove the first ball of the Sway reply straight to deep mid-off, then is a bizarre copy-cat incident Symons repeated the trick the very next ball to leave Sway in a spot of both at 0 for 2! When West departed with the score on 10,  it brought Vito Falso in to join Dave Marshall. The pair put on 60 for the next wicket with Falso hitting a series off massive blows with Marshall happy to play second fiddle and use the pace on the ball to find the boundary with regularity with a wagon wheel that had at least 3 spokes! Falso hit 3 sixes on his way to 34 before eventually holing out - then just a few balls later the normally reticent Todd did exactly the same thing. There followed a 118 run partnership between Marshall and Pete Bennet that first restored respectability then gave Sway a faint whiff of a most unlikely win. Bennet pulled a ball to square leg and was caught for a well made 34, bringing in Marshall Jnr to join his dad - realising that the youngster was facing Burley 1st team bowler James Edworthy, dad signalled that on no circumstances should a single be attempted allowing Marshall Snr to get the two runs needed for his maiden ton off the somewhat less threatening bowler at the other end. Marshall's century was 44 years in the making and was made up of 22x4 0x6.

Dad holed out a few balls later but this was not the end of the excitement. Marshall Jnr then proceeded to wallop 11 boundaries in quick order to register his first ever half century. As the sun went down on a beautiful summer's evening in an iconic location, Sway had managed a more than respectable 272-9, the 9th highest ever score by the Club.

As an aside there cannot have been many games of cricket where two dads both got tons, with their sons both getting 50s !

James Marshall - maiden 50, needs some proper cricket shoes!