11th April 2014

U12 clinch title in final game thriller

Sway 123-3, Poole Town 120-3

Congratulations to Sway U!2s who their indoor league maintaining a 100% record and beating their nearest rivals in a thrilling final game.

Sway batted first and were without their two big hitters Freddie Pearson and Eddie Beach who had hitherto been ever-present but were away on holiday. Matters were not helped when the skipper Anthony Rogers chipped the first ball straight to mid-wicket for a golden quacker. Max Drayton and Luca Allies tried to steady the ship but it was tough going against an accurate opening attack. Undoubted the star man for Poole was Tommy Stannard who claimed 3 wickets for just 9 runs with a superb spell of accurate outswingers.

Although Allies did not last to long, Drayton kept his head and along with Arthur Lomax began to get the scoreboard ticking. Drayton eventually retired safely not out before a crucial partnership between Lomax and Catherine Allport saw Sway reach a lowish but defendable total. Allport's lightning running between the wicket would turn out to make all the difference.

In reply Sway got off to a great start - a tight first over by Rogers was followed up by a great over from Sara Allport (2 for 29 off 3 overs) which picked up a wicket, caught by Luca Allies. Sway's control of the game continued with  a great spell on steady accurate bowling from Lomax who finished with 1 for 20 off his 3 overs. The required run rate was climbing but Poole fought back towards the end of the innings and with two overs to go the game hung in the balance. A great over from Lomax put Sway in the driving seat leaving Rogers to bowl the final over with 22 needed to win. With tension in the air, there were three wides which left Poole needing 10 off the last two balls. Rogers regained his composure however and although Poole scrambled runs, Luca Allies sensibly held on to the last ball of the innings to see Sway scrape home by 3 runs.

So a great end to a superb indoor season - well done to all including the absent Big Eddie and Freddie both of who played an important part in the unbeaten season.