4th July 2015

 

Stonking Charton blast propels Sway to win

SWAY I  190-3  HYTHE & DIBDEN I 186; Sway won by 7 wickets

HANTS COUNTY DIV 3 (SOUTH)

A swashbuckling innings from FJ Charton saw Sway upset league leaders Hythe and chase down a below-par score with 15 overs to spare.

Promoted by ‘skipper Alex Hall to open the batting, Charton was dropped early on and made the visitors’ pay by walloping the ball to all parts. His innings featured five huge sixes – one of which prompted a fruitless search for the ball after it sailed into the nearby retirement home.

He smashed Hythe’s Aussie, Luke Hodges, for a maximum three times and went on to reach 80 in quick time before he was bowled going for another massive hit.

Charton had opened with Tim Noble (15), who looked in good touch but was defeated by the pitch and caught, and batted with Nilantha Atapattu (59), who also played a terrific knock which simply oozed class. David Steadman, with an unbeaten 15, hit the winning runs with a couple of sweetly struck boundaries.

Earlier in the day Sway had fared well with the ball, with Atapattu (4-33) returning the best figures and Steadman and Jon Grasham claiming two wickets each. There was also scalps for Jon Waller and Oscar Marshall.

If truth be told Sway should have been chasing a lot less – Hodges batted for most of the innings and hit some nice shots in his unbeaten 91. However, he was dropped four times, the first being a dolly before he had reached 20. None of the other Hythe batsmen could get going against some accurate bowling in a game played in good spirit.

Best off the bat – N. Atapattu 59, FJ. Charton 80.

Report: Jon Waller

FJ Charton