3rd March 2015

Sway 2nd XI - RD1 West 2015 Preview

There now follows our traditional preview of the season to come for Sway's 2nd XI as they look to establish themselves back in RD1. We will refrain from making predictions this year after some hopeless calls in previous years!

Bashley (Rydal) IV  
Game Date: May 23rd
Location: Jubilee Field
Record Score: 94 Adam Clark 2008
Best Bowling: 6-15 M Randall-Turner 1996
Opp Record 2014 W7, L7

Sway will be looking to record their 4th straight win against Bashley 4ths. Bashley had a mixed season in 2014, winning as many games as they lost. There were some cracking wins against Braemore & Exbury but also a few crunching defeats including being bowled out for just 40 by Mudeford II. The dangerman was likely to be Hampshire U15 star Patrick Holly who scored centuries and fifties for fun last season including four half centuries for the fourth XI, but the word on the Playstation network is Holly will move up to the 3rds this season. It will be interesting to see how Bashley do now they are playing their home games on grass rather than the artificial wicket.

Game Date: May 30th
Location: Braemore
Record: L
Record Score: 44 Chris Hammon 2013
Best Bowling: 4-62 Lewis Marden 2013
Opp Record 2014 W7, L6

Sway's will be looking to banish the memories of their only previous encounter with Braemore in the last game of 2013. Already relegated, a very young Sway side were clubbed for 334 runs as Paul Veit made 143 before Sway were dismissed for 136. Veit is certainly a danger with both bat and ball - averaging 64 and taking 24 wickets last term. Shaun Marlow, one of three Marlow's in the team averaged 44 with the bat whilst his brother Tom took 24 wickets. Braemore got off to a flier last season with two big wins before suffering three heavy defeats on the trott - a sign of what was an inconsistent season in terms of results.

Cricket anoraks may be interested to know that hanging in Braemore House is one of the earliest ever depictions of cricket - "The boy with the bat" was painted in circa 1760.

Brockenhurst I  
Game Date: June 20th
Location: Jubilee Field
Record: LWL
Record Score: 68 Alex Hall 2009
Best Bowling: 3-17 Nilantha Atapattu 2009
Opp Record 2014 W6, L7

Brockenhurst went into the 2014 season full of optimism - with a couple of useful new signings, hopes were high that Ian Pearson's men would be up there at the business end of the table. With such high hopes the season turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment. The early weeks were blighted by bad weather and whilst form picked up during the middle of the season, Brock lost their last three games to finish mid-table. With the bat, Kumodak Sharma made some big knocks but it was the ever reliable Mike Williams who made the averages with 410 runs at 41. With the ball, it was Kudmoak Sharma, who had blown away Sway in 2013 with 6 for 18, who finished their top bowler taking 23 wickets at 16. Potentially without this pair, Brock may have to rely on their experienced players. Sway will almost certainly be stronger for this eagerly anticipated local derby with loads of personal interest as colts coach Marshall goes head to head with colts dads - the big hitting Ian Pearson and wily-spinner Alan Rogers.

Game Date: May 9th
Location: Jubilee Field
Record: WWL
Record Score: 113* Adam Clark 2010
Best Bowling: 4-24 John Grasham 2010
Opp Record 2014 W7 L6

Sway's opening weekend opponents, despite losing their first three games, then won 7 out of their next 10 to finish in a comfortable mid table position. Mixed results generally last season but a couple of cracking wins not least beating Braemore and chasing down 216 against Godshill. The only CBBEA batsman to make the averages was opener Rob Schulkins who scored 357 runs at 40. With the ball Marcus Senior took 25 wickets at 17.36 despite being whacked for 80 off 9 overs by Burley's Hudson & Edworthy. Back in 2011 Rob Schulkins greatly troubled Sway 1st XI with pace and bounce bowling 10 overs for just 23 as Sway scraped home to victory by a single wicket, so he likely to provide a real test for Sway batsmen to face first up.


Game Date: August 15th
Location: Jubilee Field
Record: LL
Record Score: 54 Nat Corder 2006
Best Bowling: 5-60 Steve How 2006
Opp Record 2014 W4 L9

Subject to the weather not intervening yet again, Sway will play their first game against Damerham in 9 years - a club Sway has never beaten. In a sign of progress, both sides were playing in RD4 when they last met in 2006. Unfortunately, Sway will be denied the delights of a visit to Damerham's lovely ground with its "on boundary" pub, as Damerham make the journey to Sway for the first time. The visitors had a difficult season in 2014, narrowly avoiding relegation with a 4 & 9 record. Despite getting off to a great start with a win over Bramshaw II, two big thumpings at the hands of Braemore and Hythe II set the tone for the rest of the season with the Club perhaps lucky that their game against Burley was called off otherwise they may well have ended up going down. Start performer was all-rounder & skipper Henry Gilbert - with the bat he scored 458 runs at an average of 51 which included 14 sixes and 62% of his runs came in boundaries. With the ball Gilbert took a whopping 34 wickets at an average of 12.38.

Game Date: July 18th
Location: Jubilee Field
Record: WW
Record Score: 40 Chris Hammond 2011
Best Bowling: 4-9 Terry Patch 2012, 4-12 Sam Nailor 2012
Opp Record 2014 W6 L9

Exbury had a very mixed 2014 season. Big wins against Mudeford, Godshill and Bramshaw were offset by some thumpings at the hands of Burley, Hythe and Suttoners. Sway II beat Exbury away from home on the only two previous encounters in RD3 back in 2012 and 2011 and this will be their first visit to Jubilee Field, (albeit they did manage 5.2 overs in 2013 before rain put paid to proceedings.) As is traditional, both Phil Craymer and Nigel Philpott made the batting averages - Craymer racking up 467 at 58, and Philpott 363 at 40. With the ball Gary Dyer, the top bowler in the division in 2013, took 22 wickets at an impressive 9.91 and Ross Livermore took 21 at 17.1. A very experienced team that has started to add some younger players so will going into 2015 with some confidence.

Farley I  
Game Date: July 11th
Location: Farley, Wiltshire
Record: Never player competitively
Record Score: 77* John Grasham 2011 (friendly)
Best Bowling: 3-23 David Steadman 3-40 Sam Nailor (both friendly)
Opp Record 2014 W8 L4

Sway will have the pleasure of travelling to Farley's beautiful, if somewhat oblong shaped ground with Sway-shaped pavilion. Sway have never played Farley in a competitive fixture, but two 1st XI warm up games were played in 2010 and 2011 both of which proved to be good tests. After being relegated from CD4 in 2013, Farley has a pretty decent season finishing with and 8&4 record and were in with a shot of promotion right up until the last game of the season. Two Farley players made the batting averages in 2014, skipper Mike Covill (front row with beard) scored 377 at 34 and Geoff Ramsey 245 @31. With the ball, Jake Hand took 20 wickets at 15.5 and Paul Roberts 18 at 17.4.

Game Date: May 16th
Location: Godshill
Record: WW
Record Score: 64 Dave Marshall 2013
Best Bowling: 4-21 Terry Patch 2013
Opp Record 2014 W6 L8

Playing Godshill is a bit like being a large cod.....if you are lucky life is good but if you are not careful you get battered! The Club don't seem to do close games  - either administering thrashings or on the wrong end of them. If they are winning, it is usually because their version of Brendan McCullum, the uber-aggressive Jason Cooper has repeatedly pummelled the bowlers over the deep mid-on boundary. The first two thirds of their 2014 season were pretty poor with just two wins from games, and this included some big defeats to Pylewell, Braemore, Hythe, Suttoners and Exbury. With a relegation battle on their hands, they recovered to win four out of their last five with the only defeat being to table toppers Burley. Cooper finished high up the averages with 558 runs at 51 and he was Godshill' sole representative in the bowling averages with 21 wickets at 22. The last two fixtures with Sway have been very close - in the opening game of 2013 Sway were in big trouble at 62 for 6 before Dave Marshall (of course!) with 66 saw Sway to a reasonable total. Nevertheless Cooper was in the process of taking the game away from Sway when a stunning catch by Charlie Smith off Terry Patch proved to be decisive.

Great views, but a bit draughty!

Hyde I  
Game Date: August 1st
Location: Jubilee Field
Record: LWWL
Record Score: 82 Adam Clark 2010
Best Bowling: 5-18 John Grasham 2008
Opp Record 2014 W9 L4

Certain to be tough opponents, Hyde narrowly missed out on promotion to the CD divisions in 2014 and Sway will be keen to avenge a dismal 119 run defeat from the last encounter in 2013. The team got off to a fantastic table-topping start winning their first six matches. Form then dipped, first with a defeat on Bashley's plastic then big defeats to Lymington III and Pylewell and also defeat to Suttoners on the last weekend meant a 4th place finish. They did record a fine win over Burley - so on their day will be a match for anyone. Clearly a good all-round team as despite their high finish in the table, no batsman or bowler made the league averages.  Top run scored was Seth Loader with 298 runs at 30. Alan Hayward again topped their averages at 61, but only from 4 innings. Leading bowlers were Will Hayward and Charlie Wood, both with 16, but Hayward's coming at an impressive average of 7.5 with a wicket from every 11 balls he bowled.

Hythe & Dibden II
Game Date: July 4th
Location: Hythe
Record: WWLLLW
Record Score: 79 Joe Rodway 2009
Best Bowling: 4-39 Jack Walton 2008
Opp Record 2014 W6 L8

A bit of a mixed season for Hythe II. Two defeats at the start were followed by three straight victories, setting the tone for the season. A fine win against Godshill was more then set off by a humiliating 7 wicket defeat at deadly rivals Fawley III with the visitors being bowled out for just 95. Both Mike Bowman and Kev James made the batting averages with very similar tallies  - 380 runs at an average of 30. With the ball, Nick Shrive who has taken 18 wickets against Sway (for Fawley mainly the Tony Woodhouse Trophy), was the top bowler claiming 24 wickets at 15.3 each. The eagerly anticipated Independence Day clash in 2015 will be the first ever clash between the two club's second elevens - the 6 previous encounters being Sway I v Hythe II. On the last occasion in 2009 Joe Rodway did the damage with the bat with a deadly combo of Atapattu and Grasham with the ball as Sway ran out easy winners. In 2015, the only Sway II players from the 2009 encounter are likely to be Dave Marshall and Terry Patch whilst for Hythe the irrepressible guru Sean Tongs may still be there along with Kev James, Luke Mills and Ewan Bell.

Another joke that may well backfire Highfield-style come Independence Day!

Langley Manor III
Game Date: June 13th
Location: Hunts Farm?
Record: WW
Record Score: 56 Colin Hampton  2001
Best Bowling: 5-28 Dave Hurrell (!!) 2001
Opp Record 2014 W7 L4

2014 was a crazy but ultimately successful season as the third team secured promotion from RD2 North. The season was crazy due to the weather - the team only managing to play a single game before the 14th July!! A spell of 5 wins on the trot at the back end of the season saw the side sneak into a promotion slot. No batsman made it into the averages but with the ball Ethan Harvey took 24 wickets at 10.2 each. So on paper, it looks like a big step up for this third team and as ever, results for this team may be influenced by availability of players higher up in the club.

Mudeford II
Game Date: July 24th
Location: Ledbury Road, Mudeford
Record: LL
Record Score: 53* Dave Marshall 2012
Best Bowling: 2-39 George Thornton 2013
Opp Record 2014 W5 L9

With rumours circulating of the Club being in a state of turmoil, Mudeford's start to the 2014 season did nothing to dispel these, losing their first five games of the season. These losses included some crunching defeats including a 9 wicket defeat to Godshill and a 10 wicket defeat to Burley. The second half of the season did see an improvement, however, with the team picking up 5 wins, sufficient to avoid relegation. These wins included a fine win over Braemore. Hard to say if any Mudeford players had outstanding seasons as they failed to submit their averages, but there were some outstanding performances at the back end of the season including opener Barney Barnfield's 128 and L Miller's 5-40 against Braemore and J Harris' 119 against Damerham on the final day of the season. The team's record against Sway is very good - an agonising defeat at Mudeford in 2012 was followed by a 119 run humiliation at Jubilee Field in 2013 when a pretty much full-strength Sway bowling line up was smacked for 212 before Gareth Vines took 5-24 as Sway were shot out for just 95.

Pylewell Park I
Game Date: 8th August
Location: Pylewell Park
Record: TW
Record Score: 80* Barry Jones 2012
Best Bowling: 3-22 Nilatha Atapattu & John Grasham, both 2012
Opp Record 2014 W10 L4

After a somewhat indifferent start to their 2014 season which say three defeats (Lymington III, CBBEA & Suttoners) in their first 5 games, Pylewell then had a golden patch of 8 straight wins before losing to Bramshaw on the final day of the season. Pylewell can be formidable with the bat - Mark Stirling & Tom Stirling both made the batting averages with 505 runs at 56 and 458 runs at 42. Aside from this pair, the uber-experienced Carl Brooks popped up with a couple of big match winning knocks. With the ball, the evergreen Clive Kitcher was one of the top bowlers in the league picking up 26 wickets at 10.5 each. With so many of the Pylewell players having played in the CD divisions and with Sway's upward progress only being fairly recent, Sway sides have only played Pylewell first team on two occasions. In 2012 an unbeaten knock of 80 from big Barry Jones saw Sway win comfortably by 7 wickets. In a memorable game in 2013 Pylewell staged a dramatic late fightback to hold Sway II to a tie Laurie Symons famously trying (& failing) to smack a boundary off the last ball when perhaps a nudge and run was appropriate! It is of course always nice to play at Pylewell Park - decent wicket and lovely surroundings, but home knowledge is an advantage.

If Carlsberg did cricket grounds............

Ringwood I
Game Date: August 29th
Location: Carvers Field, Ringwood (of course!)
Record: WLLWW
Record Score: 52 Barry Jones 2009
Best Bowling: 5-27 Jack Walton 2008
Opp Record 2014 W10 L4

The most startling Ringwood/Sway statistic is that Sway 2nd XI have never in their 12 year existence managed to get a home draw against Ringwood with all 8 matches played being at Carvers Field. Yet again in 2015 Sway will have to make the tricky trip, albeit they will be encouraged after their exciting win in 2014. Ringwood, promoted from RD2W along with Sway had a pretty decent season finishing with a 10-4 record. With a good combination of pacy bowling and experienced batsmen, they were always likely to be strong in 2014 after the disappointment of relegation in 2013 (again along with Sway). The season started well with 4 straight wins before a hat trick of defeats to New Milton, Sway and Boscombe seemed to imply a mid-table finish.  The team rallied, however, losing just one further game to secure a promotion slot. The one game they did lose however was worth noting  - a whopping 284 run defeat at the hands of Winton. Winton's "competitive" 431-7 was the second highest ever score in the history of the Hampshire Cricket League behind Shrewton's 475-4 in 2013. Three Ringwood batsmen made the averages - the ever reliable Craig Seymour scoring 432 runs at 48,  Mark Brockway 306 at 34 and the Chairman himself, Richard Percy who scored 298 runs at 37. With the ball Ringwood has the second highest wicket taker in the league (behind you know who) in the form of Keller Holland who claimed 38 wickets at an average of 10. Holland had a bit of an off day against Sway only picking up a single wicket at number 9 (Symons). Also making the averages was the reliable Tony Melbourne.

Suttoners II
Game Date: June 27th
Location: Jubilee Field
Record Score: 54 Henry Thornton 2009
Best Bowling: 5-17 Jack Ford 2010
Opp Record 2014 W11 L1

2014 will surely go down in history as the greatest year ever for Suttoners Cricket Club with all three of their sides winning promotion - an amazing achievement. Suttoners II finished up RD2W champions after last day drama which saw Sway take deny Winton just enough points to ensure that the title went to their Bournemouth rivals on countback. With the bat, Nick Dennett topped their averages with 412 runs at 36 albeit 171 of these came in just a single game at Old Netley. Also in the batting averages, was the irrepressible Wayne Murry who scored 318 at 38.5 whilst Gary Coffin scored 296 at 42 - including an excellent untroubled 106 not out against Sway. With the ball veteran and club founder Derek Hopkins playing his 47th season was still showing the youngsters how to do it - bagging 26 wickets at 13 runs each. One of the season's highlights was a fine win over Winton bowling the red hot title favourites out for just 67. The match against Sway was also a 1-sided affair  -Sway never really got going with the bat, pinned down by some tight bowling by Barney Gritt (10-3-20-2), who does not normally bowl, and Hopkins (10-1-31-3) before Coffin's century eased Suttoners to victory with eight overs and 6 wickets to spare.

Sway II
Game Date: N/A
Record Score: 118 Joe Rodway v Sway III 2008
Best Bowling: 7-20 Carl Osborne v Commoners 2005
Opp Record 2014 W10 L4

After the disappointment of relegation in 2013 Kev Glass' boys were determined to bounce back. Aside from an early season setback at Suttoners, the team were in the promotion places right up until the last couple of weeks of the season. An anodyne performance however at East Christchurch on the penultimate weekend meant that to be sure of a promotion place Sway would have to beat a very strong Winton side at Jubilee on the final day of the season. In a memorable afternoon, Sway II, roared on by raucous beer-fuelled support from the 1st XI boys shot out Winton for just 147. Winton however produced a superb fielding and bowling performance to bowl Sway out for just 122 in reply. In the event, Sway were granted an additional promotion place so will start 2015 back in RD1W with Dan Stevenson taking the helm. The most encouraging feature of Sway's season was the emergence and improvement of its youngsters - Nathan David & Dom Woodfine in particular made great progress and are sure to push on in 2015. With the bat Dave Marshall and Chris Hammond made the averages with 329 @ 30 and 286 @ 19 respectively. With the ball, despite only bowling 5 overs in the last season he played in RD2, in a rather unlikely turn of events Marshall wound up the leading wicket taker in the HCL his medium-paced mediocrity producing an  haul of 40 wickets at 7.5. Sam Nailor was more accurate than in 2013 and deserved better than his 22 wickets at 12.7.

Game Date: August 22nd
Location: Winterbourne, Wilts
Record: Never Played
Record Score: n/a
Best Bowling: n/a
Opp Record 2014 W8 L4

Wiltshire based Winterbourne had a pretty decent season in RD1N in 2014 and will move over to RD1W for 2015. Former Lymington and South Wilts left-hander Jamie Harvey was the top man with the bat scoring 406 runs at an average of 37 supported by Craig Johnson who scored 247 at 35. With the ball spinner and skipper Matt Newman took 21 wickets at an average of 12 from just 59 overs. Sway will be playing their first ever game against Winterbourne and despite the trek to Salisbury during the peak summer period, will enjoy the chance to play on their minor counties standard pitch.

Winton I
Game Date: June 6th
Location: Jubilee Field
Record: L
Record Score: 26 Nilantha Atapattu 2014
Best Bowling: 6-20 Dave Marshall 2014
Opp Record 2014 W11 L1

After leaving the Dorset Premier League, Winton were the red hot favourites for the RD2W title. Although their early season was wrecked by bad weather, they still managed to record five straight and pretty overwhelming victories. Chastened by their single defeat of the season against Suttoners, they hit a purple patch scoring 431 against Ringwood, 363 against Steeple Langford and 333 against Bransgore. Unsurprisingly they will start the 2015 season with a great chance of a back-to-back promotion. Winton players were well represented in the averages - Charlie May led the way with a whopping 518 at 65 with his brother Joe not that far behind with 416 at 52.. Further back was Addie Williams with 351 at 39. With the ball Williams picked up 28 wickets at a superb average of just 5.3 and Charlie May's spin certainly gave Sway plenty of problems last term.