24th May 2015


Great performance by U11s to win at Lymington

Racked by half term unavailabilities and illness, Sway made the short trip to Lymington with the most youthful of sides. Youngest first, U8 Ollie Marshall was joined by classmate Luke Shearer - who went straight into action in only his second day at the Club. Two U9s stars were also in the line up - all rounder Theo Mitchell-Innes who has been impressing for the U9s and classy left hand bat Connor Treacey.

Skipper David Elford lost the toss and was asked to bat first with Sway opening with Jake Olney and Will Pearson. The game plan was almost immediately being re-written when a fine spell of quick bowling from the promising Jamie Maas accounted for Perason bowled in the 3rd over. The skipper then fell for a golden when attempting to put away a quick Maas delivery on leg stump, his top edge superbly caught at backward square leg. When Catherine Allport was also bowled by Maas, Sway were in big trouble at 15-3. Olney did brilliantly to resist his attacking urges and settled in to try and anchor the innings. Oscar Duddell played a couple of good shots before being bowled then Mitchell-Innes was unlucky to be adjudged LBW for a duck. This bought in Treacey and together with Olney they batted very well with some excellent running between the wickets. As the overs ticked by, extras were picked up as well as Sway edged towards a defendable score. Eventually, perhaps inevitably Olney was run out by an excellent direct hit for a match saving 13. Arthur Lomax then joined Treacey and more sensible batting and running followed. Lomax was also out LBW brining in Ollie Marshall who looked solid before being bowled round his legs attmpting the fmaily trademark shot! Lucas Sanger was bowled by the pace of Maas leaving debutant Luke Shearer to hit the final run to big cheers as Sway finished up on 77-9.

With a relatively low total, Sway would have to bowl and field out of their skins to have any chance of victory and would need to pick up early wickets. Elford and Lomax opened the attack and were both bowling very well but with Lymington running quickly between the wickets. Sway needed a wicket and the captain duly delivered, a mis-timed drive being well-caught by Treacey at point. The same over Elford removed the other opener Tollerfield, clean bowled to leave the hosts heavily reliant on number three Maas. Along with number 4 Ward, Maas set Lymington back on course with steady batting and good running to see them through to 33-3 at the halfway stage. A crucial moment then came in Jake Olneys second over, his off-spinner deceiving Maas' drive and hitting middle stump sparking jubilant scenes. When Ward was bowled by Will Pearson, Sway were the game was now right in the balance with every run and extra crucial.

The Sway fielders chased hard and got their bodies in the way - Ollie Marshall running after everything, Mitchell-Innes outstanding in particular, Luke Shearer making some decent stops and finally Will Pearson painfully stopping a boundary by sticking and ankle out! Sway had the experienced Catherine Allport behind the stumps she was on great form letting nothing through. When Mitchell-Innes came on for a superb first over in hardball cricket, Allport duly gave him a well-deserved wicket, confidently pouching an edge. A few extras and a couple of boundaries gave Lymington renewed hope and with 2 overs to go, they needed 16 to win with 5 wickets in hand. The ever reliable and extra-free Lomax (4-1-8-1) came back into the attack and deservedly picked up a wicket as his final over went for just 2 runs. This made life easier for Eflord who was bowling the final over which in the event went for just 3 runs leaving Sway victors by 10 runs.

Well played everyone - a good performance and excellent team spirit.!

Jake Olney - Man of the Match performance