13th June 2015
Super fight back not quite enough
SWAY I 179-5 BRAMSHAW I 180-7
Hants County Div 3 (SOUTH)
A thrilling fightback by Sway, who at one point appeared dead-and-buried, saw them take the unbeaten league leaders to the last over of the match before Bramshaw managed to scramble home.
Bramshaw were cruising at 110-1 with 15 overs to go but a fantastic spell of bowling and fielding saw a clutch of wickets fall and culminated in the visitors needing 14 off the final three overs, and finally six off the last.
It was Dave Marshall who stepped up to bowl the final six balls, which started with two dots. The batsmen then clubbed the third into the deep where Jon Waller’s accurate throw ran out one batsman as he attempted a third run, ramping up the pressure. However, off the next ball the Bramshaw batter smacked the ball into the deep for four to win the contest amid the descending gloom.
Defending a small total Sway had not fared well with the ball initially as the Bramshaw openers Hart (63) and S. Booth (44), scored well.
The contest abruptly swung back towards Sway in the final stages of the match largely due to good bowling from Nathan David, Nilantha Atapattu, who claimed three wickets, and Marshall. When Steadman re-entered the attack he was hostile and got rid of Hart to set up the exciting climax.
Earlier in the day Sway had posted a decent score after steadily accumulating runs throughout their 45 overs. Waller (41) steadied the ship opening the batting, while there were contributions from Steadman (16), Alex Hall (20) and an unbeaten 10 from Adam Clark.
The star of the innings though, undoubtedly, was 17-year-old Oscar Marshall, who notched an impressive unbeaten 61 with an array of handsome shots. It was a mature innings and bodes extremely well for the future.