1st August 2015


4th XI narrowly beaten at Hordle

Sway made the short trip to their nearest rivals Hordle. Captain Derek Seward won the toss and for the first time this season elected to bat (Sway did bat first at Shrewton but were put in)

Disaster struck with the very first ball - Chris Straw clean bowled by Ellis not moving his feet to a full length ball. Mark Wright then came to the crease and got off the mark although he was surprised by the bounce hitting upishly towards square leg where the ball fell short of the fielder.

In the next over Mark was given out lbw off the bowling of E Baker. Luke Thurston joined Dan Simonini and the two teenagers batted sensibly until the 7th over when Dan played and awful shot across the line to be bowled by Ellis for 11. In the same over Sarge Willson who had replaced Dan was caught at 2nd slip by ex- Sway player Pete Hammett and Sway were in trouble with the score now 17 -4. Chris Baughan replaced Sarge and with Luke took the score up to 33 with the help of some extras before Luke was bowled through the gate for 4 by Ellis and in his next over also bowled Chris for 5 so that the score was now 34 - 6.

Derek Seward was now joined at the wicket by Neil Thomas  and the two batted very sensibly waiting for the bad balls with Neil in particular waiting for wide leg side balls which accounted for the 4 boundaries that he hit behind square. Runs were not easy as there was a low bounce generally. However the 2 had a partnership of 51 before Neil was bowled by the returning Baker with one that kept low for his best Sway score of 30. A most invaluable innings. Enter Andy Balcombe who looked to hit everything with some success and he made a rapid 12 before he picked Ellis and the very next ball Ryan Dunlop played on off the bowling of Baker. with a few more wides and another boundary by Derek the score went up to 106 before Bradley Balcombe was bowled by Baker leaving Derek 25 not out. D Ellis ended with figures of 5 -17 off his 10 overs and E Baker 5 - 22 off 7.3 overs.

Joe Grounds and M Douglas opened the batting for Hordle with Andy Balcombe and Chris Straw opening the bowling for Sway. The 2 batsmen scored freely on what was too much legside bowling and took the score to 29 before Chris Straw bowled Douglas for 9. Before this however he had also dropped Grounds in the covers off Andy Balcombe’s bowling - a mistake that was in the end to prove costly to Sway hopes of winning. Webb joined Grounds and he also was bowled by Chris for 3. Enter Pete Hammett and he along with Grounds took the score to 73 before Pete inexplicably danced down the wicket to Bradley Balcombe got a top edge and was caught at square leg for 22. Ryan Dunlop then had D Ellis lbw for 2 and caught and bowled M Gill who looked to try and hit anything wide to the boundary for 5 to leave Sway right back in the game with the score at 87 - 5. However Grounds carried on batting sensibly after his earlier let-off and with the help of 4 byes and some wides took the score to 103 before Dan Simonini bowled G Steeds with the second ball of his over for 5 with the score at 103 -6. Unfortunately that was as good as it was to get for Sway and E Baker finished the game off in the same over with a 2 and a last ball 6 so that Hordle had won by 4 wickets with 7 overs remaining.

Bradley Balcombe had his best figures yet for Sway 5 overs 3 maidens 6 runs 1 wicket and Ryan Dunlop also with 7 overs 1 maiden 28 runs 2 wickets. Another 30 runs or so for Sway could have made the game very interesting but it was not to be.  Defeat should however be put in the correct historical context. A little back as 8 years ago, Hordle had two teams with thier 1st XI playing in the same division as Sway's 1st XI - RD3SW. Eight years later, Hordle have just one team playing in RD4 against Sway's 4th XI whilst Sway's 1st XI has moved up 4 divisions.


Best game yet for U12 star Bradley Balcombe