21st June 2015


Allport blows away Fawley

Sway 194-9, Fawley 47ao

Sway revenged their earlier TWT defeat this season with a crushing win over Fawley which will mean that the Tony Woodhouse Trophy will go to Sway if they can beat Hythe & Dibden at Jubilee Field on the 12th July.

Sway batted first and opened with the U12 combination of Daniel and Joshua Bailey that had proved so successful in the previous TWT fixture. Fawley opened their attack with the spin of skipper Kieran Coxall and the tidy medium pace of youngster C Parratt. Joshua Bailey had played a couple of good shots but was bowled by a well flighted ball for 10 runs, bringing dad John to the creasing looking to repeat his previous exploits. This time it was not to be however as a bit of extra flight from H Thomas tempted Bailey senior into a big shot but played over the top of it and was bowled for 11. Daniel Bailey was still there looking untroubled and was joined by James Marshall, the pair putting on 48 for the 3rd wicket before Marshall strangled one down the leg side through to the keeper. George Lewis did not last too long, caught off the bowling of young Dan Newcombe for just 4 so when James Symons was run out for 7 and his big brother Laurie bowled for just 1, the Sway innings was at a crossroads at 127 for 6. Dave Marshall steadied the ship and with Bailey took the score onto 152 before Bailey played on for a fine 64, his second successive big half century in this competition. A few lusty blows from Marshall in a quick fire 43 took Sway onto 192 before he was LBW trying to fiddle the strike for the final over. There was just time at the end of the innings for Sway’s youngest’s future star, Noah Lane-Glass to score his first run in open age cricket as Sway finished up on 194-9. The total was pretty decent, but given that Fawley had chased down a higher total with relative ease in the earlier fixture, there was a job to be done for Sway’s bowlers.

In the event, the task proved relatively straightforward as Fawley’s batsmen showed a lemming-like inclination to get out in identical circumstances. Fawley’s response got off to a disastrous start when S Dale was bowled first ball by a jaffa from Steve Drayton. From then on, however, it was the Michael Allport show. Allport’s  seemingly innocuous, flighted deliveries proved too tempting for Fawley’s top order to resist and by the time they realised that Allport’s deliveries were in fact deadly accurate it was too late! Dale, Strong and Forster all went for identical shots and were comfortably snaffled at mid-on by George Lewis.  Ian Rogers nicked one through to keeper Laurie Symons and Allport’s (5-2-8-5) excellent 5-wicket haul was completed with a superb caught-and-bowled to dismiss Coxall. The Fawley reply was now in tatters at 19-7 and it was left to Fawley’s final senior player, B Francis to try and protect the youngsters in their lower order and this he did, showing concentration levels exceeding those of the batsmen before him. A tidy spell for James Symons secured the wicket of  Dan Newcombe, caught by James Marshall in the covers and Joshua Bailey bowled four quality overs of spin for just 5 runs. C Parratt batted extremely well in difficult & unfamiliar circumstances for a colt and Fawley did at least reach their 20-overs remaining mark. Sway’s dominant display, however, was complete when Noah Lane-Glass removed bowled Parratt and number 11 J Newcombe leaving Francis stranded at the non-strikers end 22 not out.