11th August 2014

Sway I 154-4, Hambledon II 153-9. Sway won by 6 wickets

Solid Win for Sway 1’s

This week saw Sway host Hambledon 2’s, with a new-look, youthful side down on paper. Stand in Captain Prince did his job of losing the toss and was told to have a bowl. It wasn't long until the breakthrough was
made when Bramwell (7-18-1) disrupted the woodwork of Thompson, who’s aggressive intent got the better of him. Moments later, Steadman dismissed the experienced M Le- Clerq as he was caught behind by Keen. Hambledon’s worries were soon compiled, when Steadman had Lewis caught at mid-wicket by debutant Oscar Marshall for 4, who an over later displayed sharp fielding to run out Thisslewayte for 7. The innings was in immense danger of crumbling like a well-aged feta however, Spencer Le-Clerq showed patience and maturity to help salvage a respectable score for the Dons and when he was eventually bowled by Steadman for 70, he had guided his side to a total of 153-9.

Prince and Stevenson opened the Sway run chase and made a solid watchful start. However disaster struck in the 3rd over when the consistent and chirpy Chapman unearthed Prince’s middle peg for 4 subsequently, bringing Grasham to the crease. The Sway enforcer showed intelligent shot selection and got the scoreboard ticking nicely. At the other end Stevenson was just starting to bed in, when his judgement of distance between ball and fielder got the better of him and with Grasham anchoring himself into his crease it was left to Stevenson (11) to take an early-shower. Quickly, the innings started to wobble, when two overs later Grasham was dismissed for a well-crafted 29 then, Attapatu sprinted past one to be stumped for a duck!

The scoreboard was 52-4 and the wicket that was turning like a pint of milk left in the Colombo sunshine. Oscar Marshall and Adam Clark joined each other at the crease and after a couple of watchful overs soon became busy. The pair found the gaps, ran hard and ticked off 3 or 4 every over. The 100 hundred lead soon became 50, the only concerning issue for the pair was the required run-rate. However, Clark and Marshall started to punish anything short in length. Clark brutally pulled to the boundary whilst Marshall exquisitely cut anything short. The pair needed 3 off the last 3 overs and Clark put the first ball of the over away for 4 securing a well-constructed win for Sway. Clark finished on 46* and Marshall demonstrated high levels of maturity to finish on 42*.

Sway's determination and composure sees them continue their unbeaten run. The side boasts a great mix of youth and experience who continue to improve. The team now play their biggest 3 games of the season, knowing promotion is just 30 points away and a league title is in their own hands.