7th June 2015

 

Bailey smashes record in Tony Woodhouse Trophy win

On a lovely early summer’s afternoon Sway took a young side, featuring 6 players aged 12 to 15, to Jones Lane for a Tony Woodhouse Trophy match – a game which yet again provided the perfect stage for the youngsters on both sides to demonstrate their skills and to gain valuable experience of full-length open age cricket.

Sway batted first and opened with Daniel & Joshua Bailey. Both looked in good nick and were relatively untroubled by the Hythe bowling attack. Daniel went off at a decent rate with a series of boundaries whilst Joshua played a more solid role however the pair as ever kept the scoreboard ticking over quickly with excellent running between the wickets. The pair had put on 48 runs in 15 overs before Joshua Bailey was bowled by the impressive Noah Vaughan for 13.

This brought dad John Bailey to the crease in his first appearance on a cricket pitch for “many years”. Bailey senior had perhaps a “less stylish” technique than young Daniel, but was equally effective at putting the bad balls away. The scoring rate now accelerate rapidly as the pair put on a 65 run partnership before John Bailey was trapped LBW by Rollinson for 33. Daniel was still there batting sensibly and it was not long before he brought up his maiden half century and in the process becoming the youngest player in the Club’s history to score a half century in any format of the game.

At just 12 years and 3 months, Daniel has smashed the record of 13 years 9 months previously set by Luke Lewis back in 2012.

 

Daniel Bailey

James Marshall made a rapid 15 before nicking one through to the keeper which brought in his U15s teammate, a rather determined looking George Lewis. Lewis, who had apparently put down a couple of sitters in the U15s game that morning was clearly on a mission to make amends. Lewis proceeded to club the ball to all parts of the ground with a highlight being his maiden six, smashed through extra cover into a tree. Lewis soon brought up his first ever half century and smashed 11 fours and a six before finally holing out for a fine 64. Daniel Bailey meanwhile was still there, albeit not getting much of the strike and had reached a magnificent 79 before being bowled in somewhat odd fashion by returning opening bowler Tom Jones at which point Sway declared having made 234 off 40 overs.

Lewis also gets a well-deserved place on the Sway Roll of Honour - at 14 years and 9 months he is the 5th youngest player to score a competitive 50 after Bailey, his brother Luke, Ryan Drayton and Andy Straw.

George Lewis

 

After a fine tea, Sway took to the field opening their bowling with U13 medium pacer Bradley Allport and U15 spinner Michael Allport. Hythe opener Steve Rollinson took a liking to Balcombe’s bowling hitting a series of straight boundaries right from the off, but in credit to the bowler, he adjusted his line & length and soon made Rollinson’s shots much more risky. At the other end, Allport’s seemingly tasty flighted balls were naggingly accurate and his first over brought its reward, bowling Hythe open Pates for a duck. Rollinson was going along rapidly and in partnership with Ali Briers, Hythe will have harboured hopes of victory. These hopes however were seriously dented when first Briers was superbly bowled by Allport, then in a seminal moment, the skipper Chris Straw brought himself on the bowl. The phrase “bad balls get wickets” is perhaps overused so in this case we shall say it was a “inglorious delivery” that picked up the crucial wicket of Rollinson as Straw’s wide, short effort was clubbed back past the bowler but was superbly caught by a diving Daniel Bailey at mid-off. Encouraged by his cunning tactic, Straw then claimed two further wickets in the same over – a nifty stumping by keeper Pete Bennet, then Ryan Aitken was surprised by a good ball and chipped a tame catch back to the bowler. It was now a matter of survival for Hythe and in fairness P Jones and S Fenton did an excellent job keeping the Sway bowlers at bay for a long time.

With now less than 20 overs to go and needing 4 wickets for victory, Straw brought Balcombe back into the attack and the youngster was rewarded for an excellent spell picking up the crucial wicket of Jones, LBW for  a fine 42 and Fenton caught at mid-on by Dave Marshall for 27. This brought the increasingly waif-like Woodsy to the crease looking to bat out the 7 or so overs remaining to see out the draw. With Marshall senior warming up, it was James Marshall that rendered him redundant bowling the final two wickets to see Sway to victory with a 6 overs to spare.

 Some excellent performances by the youngsters on both sides. Aside from the records broken, for the second year running all the Sway wickets were taken by youngsters, and with the exception of Bailey senior, all the Sway runs were also scored by colts. The tournament again has proved its worth and we will look to introduce more colts into the return fixture later this summer.