27th October 2015


Sway win classic indoor encounter

Sway B 150-4, Parley D 144-5

Sway B opened their indoor account with an exciting and tense victory over a youthful and talented Parley D side.

Sway skipper Steve Drayton lost the toss and was asked to bat with Sway opening with Pete Bennet and Luke Lewis. The Parley opening bowling was mixed - a fair sprinkling of wides, but the balls that were on target were quick and tricky to get away. This pattern continued right up to the end of the 8th over at which point Sway had not lost any wickets, but only had a relatively modest 89 on the board. As Sway looked to up the rate, Lewis was run out for 11 and Bennet made it safely not out back to the hutch. Dave Marshall did not last long which sent in Chris "Wizard of Spin Willow" Straw who played  a couple of good looking shots before being run out, a fate which also befell Drayton. This brought Bennet (38*) back into the middle to partner Dan Stevenson (16*) and the pair made a great job of upping the scoring over the final two overs to bring Sway to a competitive total of 150-4.

Bennet 38*

Lewis 11

Stevenson 16*

Marshall 5

Straw 12

Drayton 5

Extras 73

The onus on the Sway bowling attack was to try and avoid bowling extras so the first over from Lewis was not ideal going for 18 runs. The next over, however, saw Sway get going. Marshall's second ball saw an edge neatly taken by Bennet behind the stumps in an over that went for just 2 runs. The game ebbed and flowed for the next 3 overs with Parley U16 star Luke Neil batting very well alongside run-merchant Sam Ayres (41*) before both retiring. Sway claimed two wickets in a Dan Stevenson over - firstly Dave Marshall threw down the stumps with a sharp turn and throw then Luke Lewis took a fine catch high above his head to leave Parley's reply in the balance at 79-3 at the half way stage.

No further wickets fell over the next 4 overs and at 117-3 off 9 overs, the game remained very much in the balance and heading for an exciting climax. In the 10th over, Parley's chances took a dive when Luke Neil (37) drove a Drayton delivery straight to Marshall at mid off. After an excellent penultimate over from Leiws, toing into the final over to be bowled by Marshall, Parley needed 11 runs to win with 2 wickets in hand. The first two balls were dots outside off so the balance swung in Sway's favour, and the pendulum swung even further towards the forest boys when the experienced Stuart Laird was deceived by a slower ball and was bowled for a well-made 28. So with 3 balls remaining, Parley still needed 11 runs but with the potential for a costly wide, the game remained in the balance. When 4 runs were taken of the fourth ball, Parley then needed 7 off two balls. Crucially the 5th ball was a dot enabling Sway to pack the back wall for the final delivery, which in any event  tuned out to be a play and miss.

A great team performance from Sway against a talented young Parley side that had beaten Wimborne and Colehill A in their previous outing.

Lewis 3-0-41-0

Marshall 3-0-14-2

Dan Stevenson 3-0-37-1

Drayton 3-0-45-1

Extras 28