12th July 2015

 

Under-strength Sway put up good showing

SWAY 192, WOODGREEN  232;

HANTS COUNTY DIV 3 (SOUTH)

Despite missing six of their important first team players, Sway gave a good account of themselves against a strong Woodgreen side who looked far better than their lowly league position suggests.

Bowling wise Sway performed well with stand-in skipper J.Waller (1-44), taking the first wicket aided by a great FJ Charton slip catch. After that J. Nash and S. Nash came together and hit some crisp shots on a fantastic wicket and a fast outfield and led Woodgreen to 101-1, with both hitting 50s.

Sway were up against it and matters took a turn for the worse when stand-in keeper Adam Clark hurt a finger and had to be replaced by Will Baughan, who performed admirably behind the sticks. Sway toiled away in the field and got their rewards when M. Waller caught J. Nash off the excellent Marshall (2-44). Nilantha Attapatu (3-42), then got in on the act as Sway started to take wickets, backed up with some good fielding, including by first team debutant Akhil Joseph.

The game was finely poised but when Sam Parker (58) entered the fray and started hitting the ball to all parts Woodgreen threatened to run away with it and post 280 plus. However, Parker then miscued M. Waller to Atapattu who took a great, crucial catch in the deep. After that Grasham (3-35) returned to mop up the tail as Woodgreen p[osted a competitive score.

In reply FJ Charton was dropped first ball and bludgeoned a quick 18, but was caught,. When Atapattu followed for 6 after hitting two glorious shots, Grasham was joined by 15-year-old Ryan Drayton. The pair batted terrifically, both hitting some lovely boundaries as Sway went to 89-2 off just 14 overs, but then both were out for 42, putting the balance of the game with Woodgreen.

After vice-skipper Jack Baughan was caught his brother Will joined Clark and the pair batted well, once again swinging the balance of the game back to Sway. While Will Baughan (17) and Clark (an unbeaten 34) were at the crease Sway’s prospects looked good but they faded once Baughan was bowled by a shooter and Marshall and Waller followed soon after.

There was a spirited last wicket partnership between Clark and M. Waller, but Sway. Although having more than five overs left, were eventually bowled out.

Report: Jon Waller