8th November 2014

Superb display by Sway youngsters

Sway U12s 237-0 Ellingham U12a 72ao

Sway U12s produced as good a performance as you are ever likely to see in adult or junior indoor cricket to record a comprehensive 165 run win over Ellingham.

Sway skipper Catherine Allport lost the toss and Sway were put into bat, opening with Freddie Pearson and indoor debutant, Eddie Beach. The pair heeded the advice to work the ball, and respect the good deliveries and soon the score was ticking along nicely. Big Eddie was soon safely retired back in the hutch bringing in Max Drayton to partner Pearson. Drayton soon forgot his golden duck from his last outing and was working the ball beautifully and was able to retire before Unusually Steady Freddie had got to 25 himself. With a big score looming and all wickets in hand, Arthur Lomax and Catherine Alloport pushed the score on superbly with some nudges and excellent running between the wickets, especially off the wides with Allport in particular using her pace to great effect. By the end of Sway's 12 overs Sway had racked up an impressive total of 237-0.

If the batting performance was great, the bowling performance was even better. Beach was right on the money from the off giving Ellingham nothing to work with, bowling a batsman with his 5th ball and the first over going for just one run. This set the tone as each successive Sway bowler was right on the spot and there was not a single wide until well over the half way mark in the innings. Beach was ably supported by Pearson who also troubled the batsmen greatly. Max Drayton was next up and was again very accurate. Sara Allport was then brought on by big sis and was looking to banish the memories of a somewhat dodgy few overs in her previous outing - she did this in style with a clean bowled wicket with her very first ball on her way to superb indoor figures of 1 for 7 off 2 overs. Arthur Lomax completed an impressive debut with a tidy over then Pearson returned to pick up  a well deserved wicket, again a bowled. Pick of the bowlers Beach (2.3-0-11-2) was in fine form claiming his second wicket in his second over and it was Beach bowling the 11th over when Ellingham's resistance was ended, a direct hit by keeper Catherine Allport retrieving from the back wall causing a run out.

Well done all - very little for the coach to add from that performance!