1st August 2015


Dominant Display by 1st XI

Follands Hamble  151ao.  Sway I  223-8

Hants County Div 4 (South)


A FANTASTIC knock by Nilantha Atapattu, followed up by a very good all-round bowling display, saw Sway comfortably beat an under-strength Follands.

Having won the toss and opting to bat Sway soon were wondering if they might regret that decision as it became apparent the pitch was very tricky. Tim Noble and FJ Charton went without a run on the board and Atapattu was in as early as the first over.  Atapattu and David Steadman (41) staged an excellent recovery job to push the score up to 70 before Steadman and Jon Grasham departed prior to drinks. After Alex Hall departed, Adam Clark (11) batted well with the Sri Lankan in testing conditions to keep the score ticking along to 120-5 with 12 overs left and Sway were thinking 160 would be more than par.

However, Jack Baughan strode to the crease when Clark was out and had other ideas – blitzing 35, which included six fours and a six, before being caught on the boundary. It was an innings that helped propel Sway to 223, a huge score for the wicket. Atapattu remained at the crease to the end, hitting one six and several glorious fours to finish unbeaten on 92, which was an outstanding effort given the heat, pitch and a good bowling attack.

When Follands batted Sway were very good with the ball – Steadman (3-13 off eight overs) starting on fire and grabbing three quick wickets, one thanks to a terrific slip catch by Noble, to help reduce the hosts to 8-4. The other scalp was a suicidal run out – enabled by a good throw by Clark. Sway chipped away at the hosts batting after the initial damage – with Jon Waller claiming a scalp – before a frustrating partnership saw Follands go to 140-5 despite the best efforts of Nathan David and Grasham (2-18) who bowled a tremendous spell which deserved far more.

Eventually another accurate throw from Clark accounted for another run out and Grasham got the wicket of Follands’ best batter, aided by another great Noble slip catch. Hall claimed a sharp stumping off Atapattu as Follands – who only had nine players when they batted after the early departure of two players at tea – subsided.

Nilantha Atapattu - superb 92 not out

John Waller — Reporter

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