13th November 2015


Sway’s Cup run falls at the first hurdle

report by Nick Brien

Wednesday 11 November 2015                                    

Sway A v Poole Town

Sway faced stiff opposition in the form of Poole town in the first round of the indoor cup. The two teams had endured a couple of tight matches in the past but the odds suggested tonight that Sway were up against it.

Sway batted first opening up with a new partnership of the recently rebranded Chris ‘the willow wizard’ Straw and scrappy run merchant Nick ‘The Breen machine’ Brien. And it was indeed a positive start from the two youngsters who ran hard and put pressure on the field before Straw was beautifully stumped off a leg side delivery for a breezy 14. This meant the introduction of Sway cricket club encyclopaedia Dave Marshall. They were not together long though as Brien neatly nudged a ball off his hip to see him retired proving Marshall’s ‘the bigger your bag the worse you play’ theory wrong once more. This meant Sway’s very own Sri Lankan superstar Nilla was required and the last two remaining members of Sway’s original A team batted sensibly with the occasional touch of class seeing them both home safely. It was then up to skipper Steve Hannibal and Sway legend Dave Hurell to cause as much damage as they could at the end. Unfortunately for Hurrell though he was run out for 6. This brought Brien back in but he could only add another 6 runs before being dismissed by another very sharp piece of work by the Poole town glove man for 31. Nilla couldn’t seem to get going again either as he was run out for a well made 27 leaving Marshall 34 not out with skipper Hanny (16 n.o) to see Sway through to a respectable 145 at the end of their 12 overs.

However Poole didn’t seem to be in any mood for hanging about with opening batsman Robinson (25 retired) giving Nilla some attention he’s probably not used to getting. The Sri Lankan did manage to hit back though in his next over dismissing other Poole opener Mutton for just 5. Despite a reasonable start with the ball Sway never looked like they had the opposing batsmen under any control after a destructive 26 retired from ‘Casper Todd look-a-like’ Barr it just left remaining batsmen Roberts (26 n.o) and Macdiamid (17 n.o) to finish the job against a make shift Sway bowling attack featuring an over from newly reformed Chris Straw which featured five wides and an outstanding dot ball.

A great shame for the A team but Hanster’s merry men must put it behind them and continue their good form in the league.

Thanks to Pete B for scoring.

Sway's skipper - more upbeat than 250bpm hardcore trance!