18th August 2014

Sway II stay on course

Sway II 181-8, South Wilts IV 122ao

Sway II maintained their position in the promotion places with a hard fought victory over South Wilts IV. Sway lost the toss and were put into bat and got off to a steady start against some tidy bowling with openers Dan Stevenson and skipper Kev Glass seeing Sway through to 41 without loss after 14 overs when Glass was bowled by Burton for 22. Chris Hammond joined Stevenson with the home side moving on to 76 after 23 overs when Stevenson was bowled by C Hely for 20. Dave Marshall joined Hammond with the pair looking to move the score albeit it was far from easy against a restrictive bowling attack. Hammond was looking to break out when he was trapped LBW for 28 by impressive spinner Wylie. Number 5 Casper Todd did not last long cutting another tight Wylie ball ontoharlie his stumps for just 4 leaving Sway on 104-4 after 31. Charlie Smith joined Marshall and their contrasting styles finally allowed Sway to break loose somewhat from the shackles. The rate picked up and although Marshall was LBW for 26 and Smith holed out for 25, Dom Woodfine entertained the crowd with some classy strokes for his 18 runs as Sway reached 181-8, a score that looked rather unlikely earlier in proceedings.

Sway took to the field with spinner Nathan David leading the attack supported by Sam Nailor. David was in imperious form right from the start giving the visitor's openers T Pitman and S Bailey nothing to work with. David's first 3 overs went for no runs at all and he drove a dagger into the heart of the South Wilts top order taking three wickets. Nailor (6-0-19-0) was also bowling well - quick and accurately with the visitors only reaching 8 runs off the first 7 overs. Man of the match David finished with impressive figures of 10-5-6-3. Skipper Pitman was still there and with C Hely the pair managed to move the score on to 37 when Hely was caught in the gully by Hammond off Woodfine. The fifth wicket fell at 63 when Simon Bailey was LBW to Woodfine leaving South Wilts reply in the last chance saloon. Pitman could not afford to throw his wicket away and gradually he ran out of partners until his long vigil came to an end when he was caught by Woodfine off Sean Tranter (10-0-26-1) for an intransigent 40. Dave Marshall (8-3-13-3) claimed three wickets to finish off any chances the visitors had of winning and and an impasse developed with Sway desperately needing the last bowling point whilst the visitors were in search of additional batting points . In an inspired move Glass brought back Woodfine (6.3-0-24-3) to bowl the final over and to great relief bowled the final South Wilts batsmen.