24th August 2015


Sway youngster Balcombe sets record

Redlynch & Hale III 237-8, Sway IV 66ao

Sway skipper Derek Seward lost what proved to be an important toss and the home side elected to bat first. James Howard and Bradley Balcombe opened the bowling and after a first ball loosener from Howard, both bowled tightly. Balcombe struck twice in his first spell overs firstly having I Dixon caught in the gully for 2 and then G Smith caught by dad Andy at long leg for 9.  Due to his young age, Balcombe had to be withdrawn from the attack with his figures at that stage being a most impressive two wickets for just 3 runs from 5 overs.

In the next over Sway had a further success when Howard had C Eveleigh caught by Neil Thomas at a deepish mid-off for 7 to leave Redlynch in a tight spot at 25 - 3 after 11 overs. Howard completed his spell ending with 2 maidens to finish with figures of 1 -26 off his 10 overs. Unfortunately the game then began to slip away from Sway with the introduction of the change bowlers with the arrival at the crease of another youngster, 14 year old Guy Lucas who smashed any overpitched bowling to the relatively short boundaries. The next wicket did not fall until the score reached 109 when Andy Balcombe bowled A Church for 12 by which time Lucas was well past 50. Albie Waterton in his first game for Sway accounted for M Wright caught at mid-off after some juggling by Neil Thomas. With 10 overs remaining and Lucas now having reached his century, Balcombe returned to the attack and he struck again in his 7th, 9th and 10th overs, firstly having M Ambrose- Hunt brilliantly caught one handed by Chris Baughan diving to his left, then K Sell caught at a very fine leg by Albie Waterton. Balcombe then finally dismissed Lucas for a very well made and chanceless 159 consisting of an astonishing 16 fours and 12 sixes when he was caught in the gully by Dan Simonini. This gave Balcombe a well-deserved first 5-wicket haul (10-2-25-5) and at 13 years and 5 months he has become the youngest Sway player ever to achieve this feat in a league game.

During the tea interval rain started to fall and continued to fall during the Sway innings although insufficiently to justify coming off the field. This freshened up the wicket making batting trickier and Sway did not get off to the best of starts as is commonplace at the moment with the score at 5 for 3 after just 6 overs. Albie Waterton hit 2 boundaries before he was bowled by one which moved back. Club chairman Chris Baughan launched a fightback making 24 including 3 maximums and a four before he played on aggressive stroke too many and was bowled by Mick Wright on his way to 5 for 18 off his 10 overs. Andy Balcombe scored a brisk 13 not out at the end to ensure that Sway earned a batting point, but the less said about the rest of Sway's batting the better and that should not cast a cloud over Balcombe juniorís achievement!