1st August 2015


Records smashed by 3rd XI

Burley II 113ao, Sway III 327-6. Sway won by 214 runs

Several records were smashed in an impressive performance by Sway III at Burley, but the most important was a ghost that has finally been exercised - Sway have finally beaten Burley at their own ground in a competitive fixture for the first time in the Club's history!

Pete Bennet won a very useful toss and as expected elected to bat on what looked like an excellent track with a lightening outfield. Bennet opened himself with Tony Owen with Burley opening with the experienced Jim Burry and youngster James Pullen at the other end. The opening salvos were a game of two ends as Burry kept things tight at one end, but runs were flowing pretty freely at the other. Owen however perished for a duck - the one loose ball bowled by Burry, banged in short, was brilliantly caught one handed over his head by Daniel Pullen at mid-wicket when in truth the ball should probably have been nestling in the undegrowth. Sway were rocked further when Henry Marden could not resist a nibble at another Burry ball outside the off stump and was caught behind for another duck. At this point it looked like it might be another case of Bennet not being supported properly in the batting, but this was not to prove the case. Charlie Smith at number four kept his head, playing very sensibly at first before opening up as the pair put on 99 for the 3rd wicket. Both Bennet and Smith then perished in a relatively short space - with the score on 128 Smith was unlucky to be bowled for 44 as the ball squeezed under his bat and dribbled onto the stumps despite a frantic attempt to kick it away. Then with the score on 145, the amazingly sprightly septuagenarian Brian Price had Bennet nicking one through to the keeper for 80. George Lewis and James Marshall (under the unwelcome guidance of coach/dad) played very sensibly. After an early let-off that had steam coming out of Marshall senior's ears, Lewis was soon into his groove and the pair combined regular boundaries with quick running between the wickets. The partnership has reached 85 before Marshall junior failed to notice that a fielder had been put in place for his paddle shot and he was caught for 45. Lewis however was now in the zone, cruising past his maiden league half century and with new partner Steve Hannibal (23), they put the Burley attack to the sword. By the time the innings has come to an end with Lewis unbeaten on 85 and Dave Hurrell unbeaten on 9, Sway had racked up the Club's highest ever score - the 327-6 beating the previous record of 313-1 by the 1st XI v North Baddersley in 2010.

George Lewis - maiden league half century

In reply Sway opened with Lewis Marden and Alan Laws both of who were giving very little away and the required rate was soon climbing. Whilst Burley's top order was still intact there was still hope and the openers of Rapson and Stacey had put on 41 before a change of bowling did the trick, Smith getting Rapson caught & bowled for 8. Prolific run scorer and former Sway player Ray Gunn was in at three and Stacey was looking to open up so it was a with a sense of relief/pleasure/amusement when Dave Hurrell was brought on to bowl his moon balls - then bowled Gunn with a relatively low-orbit delivery. When Stacey was bowled by Smith for 31, Burley's hopes were effectively extinguished - a tight spell of 10-1-26-2 from Michael Allport took all the pace off the ball and made the Burley batsman risk all by going down the track to inject the power. Marden (9.5-2-29-3) returned to the action and deservedly picked up three wickets and likewise Laws 6-1-15-2 came back on at the end to polish off the Burley tail as Sway ran out clear winners by 213 runs, the 2nd highest margin of victory in the Club's history.