6th June 2015


Steadman inspires Sway to victory again

Rowner 155ao, Sway I  156-7. Sway won by 3 wickets

Hants County Div 3 (South)

Inspired by a David Steadman five-for and his 68, Sway coasted to victory against Rowner, albeit despite a small batting wobble which caused some jitters and a pad rush.

It did not start so well for the visitors, who lost the toss and were told to field. Opening bowlers Steadman and Jon Waller were duly dispatched with a variety of good shots, slogs and plenty of edges as Rowner raced to 68 after 11 overs amid some rather abject fielding. Steadman was very unlucky to have a straightforward chance put down in the slips before a run had been scored.

However, after one of the Rowner’s openers hit Nathan David into the safe hands of Steadman on the boundary the home side struggled thereafter, despite M. Bowman making a composed 50. That was in part due to the introduction of Jon Grasham (2-9) who bowled six hostile and accurate overs that deserved even better, while there was also a suicidal run-out which saw Steadman run out one unfortunate batsman by some yards and Nilantha Attapatu claimed a wicket.

When Steadman returned with the ball he blew out the Rowner lower order with a series of unplayable deliveries, taking 5 for 4 to finish with 5-32. Given the flat wicket and small ground with a lightning outfield, Sway had feared they could be chasing double the 155 Rowner finished on.

In response Sway lost Barry Jones early but Tim Noble and Steadman steadied the ship with an excellent partnership. Noble cut anything short and Steadman was brutal on anything full – hitting one six into the nearby graveyard as he swiftly notched his second fifty in two weeks. Noble meanwhile batted nicely until he lofted a drive to a fielder on 49 with the score on 110, and, despite some effort, was unable to unearth an extra run for himself in the scorebook.

Attapatu then hit a breezy few runs, including a huge six, before he and Steadman (64) fell. Thereafter there followed some slightly indifferent batting as Sway made a meal out of getting the last 12 runs they needed against Bowman, who suddenly extracted some huge turn from the wicket.

Adam Clark and Neil Prince fell in quick succession and when FJ Charton was bowled for a golden while attempting to wallop the ball back to Sway no else was fully padded up.

Eventually Waller made it out of the changing room faster than Grasham, who had already showered and changed for the drive home, to firstly survive the hat-trick ball before edging the three Sway needed over the infield to get the visitors home by three wickets.

Report by Jon Waller, Lymington Advertiser & Times