13th June 2015


U13s still on winning trail

Last week the u13s recorded two good wins to maintain their unbeaten League record & propel them to the quarter-final of the u13 Cup.

On Thursday away to Fawley in the Cup they knew they had to contend with the opposition's County u13 star, Bailey Parratt, & a couple of very useful District players. Fawley won the toss and elected to bat but the Sway opening seam attack of skipper, Tom Burton, and Bradley Balcombe were right on the money as they each bowled a maiden to Parratt and Newcomb. Then the spin twins, Daniel and Joshua Bailey, were cleverly introduced and ripped the heart out of the Fawley batting with Joshua bowling Newcomb and then Daniel having Parratt brilliantly caught behind by wicket-keeper Giacomo Bigazzi. Some fine Sway ground fielding backed up the bowling which remained tight throughout. All four of the above bowled their permitted 4 overs with Burton and Balcombe both finishing 1-9, D.Bailey 1-5 and J.Bailey 3-14. Anthony Rogers completed the bowling cast with 2 overs for 5 runs and with just 7 extras it was a very impressive and frugal performance as Fawley finished with just 45-6 off their 18 overs.

The job was only half-done as Sway still had the pace and accuracy of Parratt to contend with. To ensure no unnecessary cup-tie slip-ups the skipper opened the batting with himself and Daniel Bailey and the pair looked in total command as they played the bowling on its merits and reached the target in just 9 overs with Burton 22 n.o. and D.Bailey 21 n.o. The team now face a tough quarter final away to Redlynch & Hale who currently top the u13 North league.

The following day the u13s resumed league action at Pylewell Park. Having been put into bat with some short boundaries the skipper mixed the batting order up a bit and Bradley Balcombe accompanied Daniel Bailey out to open. Bailey clearly had his eye in from the previous evening and retired with a rapid 30 off 20 balls to make way for Giacomo Bigazzi who played an entertaining innings with some strong pull-shots and he too retired with 30. Meanwhile Balcombe had batted sensibly supporting his batting partners before he was bowled by George Duignan for 18 with the score on 69. That brought Tom Burton to the wicket and he again batted with a mixture of timing and power to finish on 31 n.o. with a 6 off the last ball. Sway finished with 123-1 off their 18 overs. A decent total but with short boundaries the bowlers would again need to perform.

Pylewell started cautiously against some tight bowling from Balcombe, Finn Hishon and the Bailey brothers, losing their 1st wicket in the 12th over with just 43 on the scoreboard as Isaac Browning fell for 20 to another fine catch behind the stumps by Bigazzi off D.Bailey. The spin twins went for just 23 runs between them in their 8 overs and Sway kept the pressure on with Burton, Pascal Giron, Luca Allies and Thomas Lawrence all bowling tidily. For Pylewell Hamish Duncan came in and injected some urgency into the innings with a bright 26 before becoming Bigazzi's 2nd victim caught behind off Burton. Pylewell remained behind the run-rate and lost 2 more wickets in the final over as opener Dom Helliwell was eventually run out for 29 and Burton picked up another wicket to finish with 2-19 as the home team finished on 90-4 off their 18 overs.