23rd May 2015


Sway just short in super tour game

Eltham 193-7 Sway 172-9

Sway welcomed regular south London visitors Eltham CC on Bank Holiday Monday for one of the most eagerly anticipated friendlies of the season.

Eltham decided to bat first opening with the experienced pairing of Pete Fisher and Asjad Mir whilst Sway opened their attack with Jamie Fletcher and a rare cricketing outing for golfing prodigy, Luke Lewis. The first matter to be settled was that keeper Chris Hammond's gloves had a hole in them so he relinquished the position to an eager Will Baughan. Fletcher (7-2-29-0) was soon into a nagging line whilst Lewis (4-1-12-0) was getting some genuine pace and bounce out the 5-match old pitch, however, the opening bats we soon into their rhythm and ticking on nicely.

The score was just beginning to accelerate alarmingly when a change of bowling brought the first wicket with 62 on the board. Michael Allport (6.4-0.28-1), who had been tempting Fisher to walk down the pitch, pushed one through a little quicker and Baughan sharply remove the bails. Allport then unfortunate to injure his hand triyng to take a very sharp caught and bowled and was forced to leave the field for a while. Allport was replaced by Mark Wright (7.2-0-40-3) to struck with the score on 94 when number three Matt Bulpitt was also stumped. Nevertheless Sway were still looking down the barrel of a 220+ run chase. Matters were not helped by a couple of comedy drops in the field - both James Marshall and Luke Lewis clearly needed new spikes as they slipped over trying to take high catches. A fight back did get underway however as Sway took four wickets for 29 runs. Wright struck twice more  - a caught behind and a crucial stumping finally removing Mir for an excellent 65. This competed a hat trick of stumpings (record?) for Will Baughan who also took a catch to compete a fine performance. Skipper Dave Marshall (6-2-15-1) bowled he 5 hitting Nik Pearmine for 20 in a tight-fisted spell then ran out Omer Basir follwing some sharp work in the field by James Marshall. Chris Straw (6-0-41-1) and Fletcher returned at the end of the innings with Straw picking up the last wicket to fall as the tourists finished up on 193-7.

Eltham's Tanveer Aslam

After a super tea kindly provided by Mrs Straw, the home side opened their reply with Hammond and Derek Seward. The pair were up against a decent Eltham openeing attack, indeed all the Eltham bowlers were useful which ultimately was probably the difference between the two sides. Tanveer Aslam (8-1-19-1) was quick and accurate as was B Basir (8-3-24-3). As a result Sway got off to a fairly slow start with only 9 runs coming off the first 7 overs. The score was just starting to accelerate with a couple of boundaries cracked through the covers by Hammond when he was a possibly rather woody LBW to Basir for 12. Number 3 Luke Lewis was a bit rusty and did not last too long,  bowled by Chris Webber for 6. Seward was then trapped so plum by Webber that he walked without waiting for the finger of doom and when Nick Brien was bowled by Tanveer, Sway were in real trouble at 33-4. Jamie Fletcher and Will Baughan launched a mini-fightback, Fletcher in particular looking impressive with some quick scoring. In a double blow, however, the pair fell in quick succession leaving Sway tottering on the brink of an early beer at 58-6. There then followed a 73-run partnership between Marshall junior and senior. The Eltham fielders were amused my dad's constant hectoring of the youngster to play correctly - when it was the old man playing across the line.

The pair brought a possible victory back within sight and Eltham brought back their openers into the attack and the pressure told when Marshall senior caught a drive rather low on the bat and was caught at mid-off for 28. Chris Straw entered the fray and the pair just about kept Sway in the chase which providing some excellent entertainment. Marshall completed an excellent and almost chanceless  half century made up of an almost complete wagon-wheel then claimed "cheeky shot of the day" prize, ramping the speedy Basir for a boundary. Straw was eventually bowled for an increasing confident and with 18 needed off the last 3 balls, Eltham closed off the game with James Marshall 62 not out.

As ever a great game of completive friendly cricket and we look forward to Eltham's visit on their next tour.

James Marshall 62*