20th March 2015


Sway C youngsters do club proud

Indoor League Div 4: Hamworthy 180-4 Sway C 149-4

Sway C went into their final game of the season needing a victory or a decent haul of points to banish any relegation fears. The task was made doubly difficult as the opposition was run-away leaders Hamworthy - a team featuring several Dorset U19 lads that would be competitive several divisions above.

Hamworthy batted first and Sway were very unlucky not to strike straight away when a peach of a delivery from Luke Lewis found the edge, but keeper Luke Thurstons, standing up, was not able to bag it. Hamworthy recovered from the wobbly start and were soon pushing the score on nicely, aided by an amusing demonstration kindly provided by skipper & coach Steve Drayton on how not to field a ball! Both Lewis and James Marshall were pretty accurate but the breakthrough did not come until the 8th over when there was a run out off Marshall. Nevertheless Hamworthy looked like posting a 200+ score but Sway raised their game. Steve Drayton and George Lewis kept the bowling tight forcing Hamworthy to take chances and the pressure told as three further wickets fell towards the end of the innings giving Sway crucial additional bowling points. Drayton had returning opener Sam Stroud nicely caught behind by Thurstons and Luke Lewis trapped Robin Appleby plumb lbw. With another run-out, following sharp work by Marshall & Thurston, Hamworthy finished up on 180-4, only just above par.

Luke Lewis 3-0-41-1

James Marshall 3-0-44-0

Steve Drayton 3-0-48-1

George Lewis 3-0-42-0

Sway opened their reply with George Lewis and Luke Thurstons who was in no mood to hang around. He struck a fine boundary but then played around a straight ball and was bowled for 5. This brought in Luke Lewis to join his brother and the pair took the score on to 34 before Lewis junior was bowled for 5. Lewis senior was however playing well and untroubled by some rapid, if occasionally, wayward Hamworthy bowling. In partnership with Ryan Drayton, Sway moved the score on nicely until Lewis was safely back in the hutch retired not out. James Marshall entered the fray and started in unusually timid fashion. However, he got into his stride and some quick running with Drayton pushed the score on. Drayton retired to be replaced by his dad and as Sway looked to score runs and pick up points Drayton senior and a returning Luke Lewis perished to leave Marshall and Drayton junior to finish up the innings with a creditable total of 149-4.

George Lewis bowled 5

Luke Thurstons bowled 5

Luke Lewis run out 33

Ryan Drayton not out 26

James Marshall not out 27

Steve Drayton bowled 9

The drama was not completely over for the evening  - for some strange reason Sway had not attempted to score off the last ball of their innings - a single additional run would have picked up another batting point and the team were left hoping that this would not prove crucial in the relegation battle with the two teams immediately below them in the table playing in the following match.

A high scoring games between the magnificently named Chen-Hyde Super Kings and Lex XI could have seen both clubs safe at Sway's expense, but in the event Lex triumphed in a low scoring game  - a result which still sent Lex down and saved their opposition and Sway by a single point.

So in the end a 4th place finish for Sway C - and excellent result from a very youthful team. The Club are hoping that more youngsters from U13s to U17s will want to get involved in indoor cricket next season - its great fun and a good way to keep your eye in during those dark winter months.