4th July 2015

 

U13s storm into New Forest Cup semi-final

On Wednesday the u13s travelled nervously north to an u13 Cup quarter-final clash with a Redlynch & Hale team boasting several Wiltshire county players who were riding high and unbeaten in the u13 North league. Sway were a regular bowler short and on arrival viewed the long boundaries, lost the toss and got warmed up for a dose of leather-chasing.

Sway knew early wickets would be vital against pedigree opponents so 20 off the first 2 overs wasn't ideal as openers Souter and Castleton tucked into the Sway pace attack. However, with the last ball of the 2nd over skipper Tom Burton had Castleton deftly caught & bowled. Burton then wisely changed tack and brought on some spin in the form of Daniel and Joshua Bailey. They immediately found both turn and bounce and started to rein in the powerful Souter who had now been joined by the classy Hewlett. In the 5th over Daniel had Hewlett amazingly caught behind for 13 by Giacomo Bigazzi, actually it was 'caught in front' as from a leading edge looping in the air Giacomo had to run and dive forwards full-length a few yards down the pitch to take it brilliantly one-handed. The next over brought Joshua the prize scalp of Souter for a belligerent 26 to another superb full-length diving catch by brother Daniel running round from mid-on. Now Sway began to exercise some spin control as for the next 9 overs the Baileys and newly-turned off-spinner Freddie Pearson restricted M&H to less than 40 runs and regularly picked up wickets. Westall (30 ret n.o.) and Boardman (15) tried to keep the momentum going for R&H but Sway recognised the value of spin as Joshua (4-0-23-2) and Daniel (4-1-22-1) both bowled well but the trump card was Freddie with a tremendous 4-1-6-1. The accurate Sway bowling was backed up by some fine ground fielding with newcomer Joe Zani putting into practice his first cricket lesson of getting something behind the ball as he stopped speeding balls with all parts of his body!

So Sway restricted the opposition to a very gettable 100 for 6 off their 18 overs. But only gettable if they batted sensibly and picked up the singles on a huge outfield. Skipper Burton put his faith in the Bailey brothers to exercise that common sense and cool running and they did the job perfectly putting on 50 for the 1st wicket. After a watchful first couple of overs Daniel punished anything short or over-pitched and raced to retire on 32 off 22 balls with 5 boundaries. Tom Burton then joined Joshua and stayed calm taking 10 balls to get off the mark while Joshua pushed on, although frustrated by his cover drives consistently finding fielders he went aerial and was caught in the deep for a well-made 20. That brought Giacomo Bigazzi to the wicket in the 10th over and he made his intentions perfectly clear as he hit 3 of his first 6 balls to the same boundary. Less than 5 overs later it was job done for Sway as Burton (16 n.o.) and Bigazzi (25 n.o.) had blasted the visitors to a convincing victory with 102-1 off 14.3 overs. A very fine team effort against quality opposition