11th August 2014

Hyde II 92ao, Sway II 244-4

Sway’s second team remain in the thick of the hunt for promotion after administering a hiding to their north forest opponents. With the wicket likely to cut up after heavy overnight rain, Sway skipper Kev Glass decided to bat first on winning a rare toss. Sway opened with Sam Nailor and venerable run accumulator Dave Hurrell. The pair got off to a sluggish start with very little by the way of runs or indeed excitement for the first 10 overs, indeed the few interest tourists soon lost interest and wandered off. The torpor was broken when the home side struck twice with the experienced Graham Witt bowling Hurrell then having Sam Nailor caught off a leading edge as he tried to work the ball to leg to leave Sway at 27-2. A partnership then began between in-form Chris Hammond and Dave Marshall. Hammond was out of the blocks like a rocket cracking boundaries whilst Marshall was happy to play second fiddle as the run rate accelerated. Indeed Marshall rode his luck smashing two catchable deliveries at the same fielder in the same over. Hyde were soon made to regret these missed opportunities and the pair piled on the runs with partnership passing the 100 then 150 marks with ease. The score would have probably have moved on even quicker if it were not for Hyde’s excellent young wicket keeper Henry Chalk who stood up to the stumps throughout preventing any excursions down the wicket. Hammond was first to his maiden century and in his excitement he ran an almost unprecedented three before exhaustion got the better of him shortly afterwards when her was caught for a chanceless 105 to conclude a 195-run partnership, the 2nd highest in the Club’s history and the highest ever for the 2nd XI. Marshall now had two overs to get the 15 runs needed for his century and with three balls to go took on the deep mid-on fielder to bring up his maiden league century in style with a huge six - and was then bowled in comedy fashion flat on his back next ball for 103 as way ended their innings on 244-4.

After one of Hyde’s notoriously excellent teas, Sway went for the throat straight away to extinguish any hopes that the home side might have had. Nathan David (7.4.-3-21-2) bowled a great spell bowling Witt for a duck and crucially key batsman Matt Cakebread for just 10. Hyde’s hopes now rested on the experienced shoulders of Mike Shutler who was looking solid and aggressive. At the other end however he was getting no support as Dom Woodfine (6-0-19-2) had L Mortimer brilliantly caught at gully by David for a duck then Henry Chalk caught by James Marshall at mid-off for just 4 to leave Hyde in trouble at 22-4. Older brother Will then struck twice himself – skipper Pete Hayward caught by David then Jack Renshaw caught behind by Laurie Symons. Hyde’s already fading hopes were finally extinguished when Sam Nailor’s rapid delivery found a nick and was caught acrobatically by Dave Marshall’s trusty claw at 2nd slip. At 84-7 Hyde were now batting for points whilst Sway really needed maximum bowling points themselves. In the event the last three wickets fell pretty cheaply without too much delay - Will Woodfine (4-1-14-3) picked up another, Marshall senior (7-3-17-1) bowled the belligerent Charlie Daniels for 10 and run-out mix up ended the game convincingly in Sway’s favour. An exciting finish to the season is pretty much guaranteed – winning the last three games will see Sway promoted, however, with Calmore and Boscombe hard in pursuit Sway have to travel to runaway leaders Winton on the final day of the season.