16th May 2015


Burton Jnr Stars on league debut as Pete hits ton again

RD3 SW: SWAY III   266 - 6 BASHLEY V   182. Sway won by 84 runs

Sway 3rds achieved their first win of the season by the comfortable margin of  84 runs, but were made to work hard in a high scoring encounter at Milford on Sea.

Batting first Sway lost an early wicket when Dave Hurrell holed out to Bashley skipper C.Lewis at mid off from the bowling of M.Lowe with the score on 26, bringing in 12yo colt Thomas Burton for his eagerly anticipated adult cricket debut.

Burton took a while to get off the mark, however it was a nerveless performance and with veteran Pete Bennet soon into his stride at the other end Bashley had to wait until these two had put together an exquisite partnership of 163 runs before both fell in successive overs, Burton for 31 and Bennet for a splendid 124.  Bashley's suffering was far from over as Chris Hammond peppered the boundary in compiling a brisk 48 before S.Shean picked up 3 wickets in his final two overs leaving Sway on a final score of 266 - 6. The Burton/Bennet partnership was the 7th highest partnership in the history of the Club, the 2nd highest partnership for the 2nd wicket, and the second highest partnership ever for the 3rd XI.

Pete Bennet - 2nd league ton and 3rd highest ever score by a Sway player.

Tony Owen opened the bowling for Sway partnering Ben Sanger and it was Owen who struck early getting two wickets in consecutive deliveries before opener M.Lewis was joined by youngster T.Hayward-Cox. This pair put together a good partnership scoring quickly and bringing up the 100 in the 19th over to be well on course by tea. Matt Burton back after a few years break then made the breakthrough having Hayward-Cox smartly caught at slip by Kevan Glass and in the last over before tea Hurrell removed the new bat C.Davey bowled around his legs. Hurrell's 2nd over proved to be vital as M.Lewis who was still looking in exalted form top edged a sweep and Sanger took the catch removing him for 64. Steady bowling spells from James Howard and Andy Hillyar kept things nicely balanced however S.Shean was batting with increased confidence and Sway were beholden to James Marshall and Hammond who picked up a wicket apiece before the returning Sanger wrapped things up bowling the last 3 batsmen with Shean the last to fall having made a pleasing 41 runs.

Thomas Burton - the first of Sway's U11 league winning side of 2011 to graduate to adult league cricket


Report by Dave Hurrell