8th August 2015


Charlie Smith & youngsters produce the goods for 3rd XI

RD3SW Sway III  275 8 Verwood II  112

Sway 3rds continued their impressive run scoring spree with a 163 run victory over Verwood 2nds at a sun-baked Milford on Sea. Pete Bennett won the toss and decided to bat first but this looked to have backfired as Mike Jolliffe and Dan Thompson picked up 3 early wickets including the in-form Bennett caught behind without scoring, leaving Sway in big trouble at 12 - 3. Charlie Smith and U15 star George Lewis set about redressing the situation with Lewis attacking from the start whilst Smith adopted a more pliant approach. Lewis with a plethora of boundaries passed 50 before being caught off of E.Hungerford (3-55 ) with the score on 94. Fellow U15 James Marshall joined Smith and played in similar vein to Lewis timing the ball sweetly and with Smith finding the ropes on a regular basis the partnership reached 112 and Marshall completed his first League 50 with a six before being caught on the boundary next ball. Steve Hannibal came in at number 7 just in time to see Smith reach his maiden century for Sway an innings of early patience and some wondrous stroke play. To their credit Verwoods bowlers kept on going and were rewarded with some late wickets as Sway closed on 275 - 8.

Jo'burg's finest: Charlie Smith. Long awaited 1st century

Steve Drayton and Alan Lawes opened the bowling for Sway but found Steve Maycock in pugnacious form hitting anything short for four, Lawes did pick up two wickets, however Maycock brought up his 50 in the 14th over as drinks were taken. With the run rate climbing Sway turned to batting hero Charlie Smith and the evergreen Andy Hillyar to try and stem the flow, which they did with Smith getting the vital wicket of Maycock smartly caught by George Lewis. Sway now found wickets slightly easier to come by as Smith 2 -17 and Hillyar 2 - 20 assisted by a now traditional Dave Hurrell wicket moonball maiden, tore through the middle order as the visitors were bowled out for a modest 112.

James Marshall & George Lewis - 240 runs in the last two matches.