23rd May 2015


Parley too strong for 3rd XI


SWAY III     125 - 8 PARLEY III    128 - 6

Sway 3rds won the toss at Parley Sports Ground and with the Rugby 7,s taking place close by decided batting first in the relative tranquility might be a good tactic. Unfortunately last weeks centurion Pete Bennet suffered the fate of not offering a straight blade early on and holed out to mid on bringing in Thomas Burton to join the seasoned Denis Batchelor. This pair enjoyed an avantegardesque partnership although finding it onerous going against some avaricious bowling and fielding, however when Batchelor fell for 25 an injection of haste from the middle order could have put Sway back in command. The continued penurious bowling coupled with a slow outfield furthered hampered the visitors efforts, young Burton fell for 31 and nobody else really got going, leaving Andy Hillyar to play the shot of the day through mid on to at least achieve a 4th batting point as the innings waned on 125 - 8. N.Blackwood and  P.Nash with 3 wickets apiece finished up the most successful of the Parley bowlers.

Ben Sanger with an excellent opening spell gave Sway early expectancy picking up a couple of wickets helped by sharp catches from Batchelor and Charlie Smith. P.Nash was still batting and riding his luck a little but when Sam Harvey bowled P.Trueman with a beauty and then followed up with two more wickets including Nash, Sway were back in with an outside chance of victory especially as Parley were scoring at a similar rate as Sway had earlier.  Parley,s opening bowler Matilda Callaghan then came in and hit 2 fours to relieve some pressure and although Hillyar took a 6th Parley wicket, Callaghan square cut her 3rd boundary to see Parley home in the 40th over.

Report by Dave Hurrell