8th May 2015

 

Sway Biff Bash

No it's not a Floyd Mayweather training routine! It's Sway u13s emerging from their focused and well-attended pre-season training 'ready to rumble' against neighbouring rivals Bashley in their first 18-over league fixture............ and winning by 9 wickets for maximum points.

Skipper Tom Burton won the toss and elected to field to get all his eager young lions involved in the match straightaway. On a chilly and gloomy evening it proved to be an inspired decision as Sway bowled, fielded, caught and threw superbly. Opening bowlers Burton (3.2-0-13-1) and Bradley Balcombe (3-0-11-2) were right on the money as Balcombe removed stylish Bashley opener, Sam Presland, with his 1st ball. Then the spin twins, Daniel (4-0-10-3) and Joshua Bailey (3-0-6-0), came on to bowl in tandem and completely bemused Bashley batsmen with who was turning the ball which way; their 7 overs between them went for just 16 runs. Finally Anthony Rogers (2-0-8-2) and Freddie Pearson sent down some more effective seam bowling. The bowling was good and the wickets were shared but it was the ground fielding and catching that really caught the eye; Burton pouched three excellent catches off Daniel Bailey's off-spin having set a nice mid-off trap. Finn Hishon, Pascal Giron, Luca Allies and Oliver Smith all backed up their bowlers and fielded superbly. Special mention goes to Thomas Lawrence who put in a near faultless display as wicket-keeper and took a great catch. The team were absolutely buzzing as tight fielding led to risky shots and wickets fell regularly to good catches and a couple of excellent run outs. Bashley offered stern resistance with skipper Eddie Clark (17), Jack Harris (10) and Toby Mills (9) all making headway but eventually falling. Bashley were all out for 63 in the 17th over.

Finn Hishon was rewarded for his superb fielding display with the opportunity to open the batting with skipper Burton, and he soon found what a difficult task it can be at the top of the order against some excellent straight Bashley bowling. Both Sway openers played sensibly but the opening 8 overs from Hood, Cooper, Hunt and particularly Clark with two consecutive maidens were very good and went for a miserly 19 runs. Hishon was out next over for a watchful 3 but his job had been done in blunting the Bashley attack. That brought Daniel Bailey to the wicket and he and the skipper upped the run rate with Burton being particularly savage off the back foot through the covers with some scorching boundaries. Burton eventually retired with 32 n.o. and the Bailey boys (Daniel 10 n.o. and Joshua 8 n.o.) saw Sway safely home in the 15th over.

A resounding victory with good individual contributions but more than that it was a great team performance.