9th May 2015

 

Exceptional winning run finally ends for 1st XI

LANGLEY MANOR II   168 SWAY  153

Hants County Div 3 South.

Needing 63 to win from 22 overs with six wickets in hand, Sway suffered a massive collapse and somehow contrived to lose a league game for the first time since June 2013.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl under overcast skies Sway’s opening attack of Waller (1-29) and Grasham (3-36), initially toiled away for no reward, with a series of edges falling between fielders as the Langley openers put 50 on the board in the 15th over.

After Waller got the breakthrough Sway’s bowlers stuck to their task well with Dave Marshall (2-30) and Nilantha Attapatu bowling useful spells. There was good fielding, with one excellent boundary catch from Grasham a particular highlight and another by Clark – after he had shelled another over the rope for six. There was also a fantastic run out after a throw by Attapatu, despite the Sri Lankan nursing a bad shoulder and good, tight fielding from Will Baughan and Steve Hannibal.

Towards the end of the innings Steve How (3-18) showing good control and mettle under pressure while the returning Grasham ensured Sway wrapped up the hosts innings and ended up with maximum bowling points. For Langley C. Patterson top scored with 39.

In reply Sway started off well with some nice shots from opening pair Tim Noble and Alex Hall, until the latter was adjudged lbw for nine. Clark was bowled by a good one not long after before Noble and Attapatu (20) took Sway to 86 until the latter cut straight to point.

Noble looked in peerless form however, hitting a succession of drives to move to a chanceless 67. However, a pivotal moment then occurred in the game when, four balls before drinks he hit a high looking full toss to the midwicket boundary and was smartly caught, putting Sway at 103-4 after 22 overs.

Subsequently FJ Charton (30) joined Grasham (18) and the pair looked in good touch, with Charton striking a straight drive that was a terrific shot of the day candidate.

But the game then turned on its head as Grasham and Charton went in successive overs with the score on 151, and Baughan was run out and Marshall given out lbw with the score on 153.

With 14 left to win and two wickets-in-hand Waller was left stranded with How falling lbw and Hannibal bowled two balls later as Sway lost their last six wickets for a total of six runs. They will be looking to bounce back today at home to Portsmouth II.

 

John Waller — Reporter

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