19th July 2015


4th XI match reports

by skipper Derek "yellow card" Seward

(A) V Dorset Indians

Sway 4ths made the relatively short trip to Dolmans Field to play Dorset Indians for the second of consecutive game against high flying ex- Dorset Leagus teams with a very weak batting line up.

Dorset Indians won the toss and as expected elected to bat. James Howard's first over was a maiden. Thereafter both openers looked in good touch and dealt exclusively in boundaries on a very fast outfield and short boundaries on three sides of the ground until in Howard's third over Shantan Gudule looked to pull a relatively short ball, got a top edge and was caught by Derek Seward. This brought Lokesh Shivakumar to the crease to join the other opener Rohit Choudary and together they out on 224 runs before being parted. During his innings Sway tried various bowlers who one after the other were hit to all parts of the ground with Choudary only scoring 15 singles in his innings of 187.Many of his shots were aerial always just eluding the Sway fielders apart from on one occasion when Neil Thomas got both hands to the ball when diving full length but the ball failed to stick.

Choudary was finally out - clean bowled by Andy Balcombe who was playing only his second game since he was 15 and the only practice he has had has been bowling to his son Bradley in the nets. This brought Chandi who had had a long wait to the crease and he was bowled the vey next over by Chris Baughan and in the following over Andy Balcombe who was now getting good away shape to his bowling removed  Roqesh for 4. at this stage Dorset Indians were 261-4 off 27 overs.

Gohar came to the crease and made 24 before he was bowled by Andy Balcombe and Sunil followed next ball lbw. There was to be no hat-trick and the opposition were now looking to take as many quick singles as possible. It was while attempting one of these that there was a mix-up and Naveen should have been run out but Chris Straw looking for a moment of glory missed the stumps when a gentle lob to the wicket keeper would have been a better option and gave away overthrows. However this did not prove to be too costly as he was out lbw off the bowling of Andy Balcombe and then Akshay was run out for 0. James Howard returned to the attack and bowled Rachit who had made a rapid 25. At the end Shivakumar was 103 not out. However Sway had 4 bowling points and Andy Balcombe 5 -93 off his 10 overs and James Howard 2 -74.The innings ended at 409 -9.

After tea it was Sway's turn to bat. Chris Straw got off the mark second ball and this was followed by 7 wides. However Gohar who had opened the bowling produced a full length inswinging ball which clean bowled Steve Willson. In the very next over Chris Straw was also bowled deflecting the ball onto his stumps off the bowling of Sheryn for 1. Over the next 3 overs Chris Baughan, Phil Stevenson and James Howard were all bowled without troubling the scorer to leave Sway 17 - 5 off 5 overs. Neils Thomas made 2 before being bowled by an unplayable delivery from Roqesh which started on his leg stump and clipped his off bail. Christine Dawson   also made 2 the first runs scored by one of the Sway ladies before being caught by Gudule and Gohar returned to bowl both Andy and Bradley Balcombe so that Sway were all out for 39 with only 8 runs coming off the bat and 6 batsmen failing to score.


20 June home to Ferndown Wayfarers

Ferndown won the toss and elected to bat. L Charlton and A Perry being the openers with Charlton looking a different class to all who followed. James Howard and Bradley Balcombe opened the bowling and Bradley struck in his second over bowling Perry for 1. This brought Corral to the crease and together they took the score to 99 before Corral dragged on from the bowling of Mark Wright for 41. Sarge Willson was also now in the attack and he had J Wilson caught and bowled for 3 and J Kitson caught by Giacomo Bigazzi making his debut for the 4ths behind the stumps for 6. Martin Symons came on to bowl after drinks and had A Harrison lbw in his first over. Martin was bowling well and had L King caught and boled for 1 and captain Gary Martin was bowled for 0. Charlton then went on to reach his century and on 104 played a lazy shot and was bowled by Sarge. At this stage Ferndown were 233 -8 off 36 overs. The Ferndown tail however dispatched the Sway bowling to all parts of the ground with  Surridge making 47 before being bowled by Bradley Balcombe and R Kelly 31 before he was out caught by Tim Buchanan off the bowling of Martin Symons who had switched ends. This left A Mericliff unbeaten on 14 not out and Ferndown being all out for 295.

Martin Symons bowled very well with figures of 8.2 overs 2 maidens 4 - 44, Sarege Willson 10 overs 3 maidens 3 54 and Bradley Balcombe 10 overs 1 maiden 2 -73.

Sway opened the batting with Sarge Willson and Mark Wright but unfortunately Sarge was out in the 4th over caught after not going through with his shot. Tim Buchanan and Mark then took the score up to 33 before Mark was out caught to a ball he should have hit to the boundary for 14 which included 3 boundaries. Chris Baughan followed in the next over bowled to a ball which he should have played back to the bowler and failing to make any impression with his new bat. Tim Buchanan was then out for 9 in the next over caught at square leg to a ball which also should have gone to the boundary.So at this stage Sway were 37 -4 with all batsmen unnecessarily. Giacomo Bigazzi joine Mike Steadman at the crease and he made 2 before being caught of the bowling of Surridge who had already accounted for Wright and Buchanan with his 'pies' and the very next ball James Symons was also caught off Surridge with a ball which would have been a wide if left alone. The 4ths were now 41 - 6  and looking like they would get no batting points. Surridge was now on a hat trick and probably got over excited at the thought because his first ball at Derek Seward was too high and enabled Derek to edge this for 2 off of the no ball to get off the mark. A series of wides from Surridge brought up the 50 and then Derek started to find his touch pullig Surridge square of the wicket for his first boundary. With Mike 'Stonewall' Steadman accompanying him the two batsmen took their partnership up to 50 with Mike still yet to get off the mark. However he did so soon after but was out bowled by Kelly for 2 out of a partnership of 59. Martin Symons came to the crease and made 8 before being caught at point. This brought James Howard to the crease and he scored a classy 11 not out to leave the Sway innings at 130 -8 at the close. Derek Seward ended on 40 not out which included 5 boundaries

Reports by Derek Seward