25th November 2015

Hampshire Cricket League averages published

Congratulations to all the Sway players that have made the official Hampshire League Averages and will be recorded for posterity in next years handbook!

1st XI (CD3S)

David Steadman finished up 11th with 460 runs at 36.5, despite having been a number 11 for many years previously. The moral of this particular story is that solid technique, once learnt is never lost! Also making the batting averages was Nilantha Atapattu with 359 runs at 39.3. Undisputed kings of the batting in CD3 were Cadnam's Matt Hardy (1,065 at 82) and Bramshaw's Andy Hart (942 at 94).

Batting partnerships saw David Steadman and Jon Grasham in 4th place with a soggy 184 against Gosport on the final day of the season.

David Steadman - bats, bowls, & manufactures xmas presents!

Bowling honours goes to Atapattu who was the leading wicket taken in CD3S with an impressive 42 wickets at an average of 12.9. Steadman appears again in 7th place with 33 wickets and 13.9 and Grasham is 11th with 28w and 13.5. Pipping Parley's Ollie Green to best average was Mudeford's Ryan Attree whose 38 wickets came at just 38.03 (albeit he managed a mere 2-27 off 9 overs against Sway!)


2nd XI (RD1W)

No Sway batsman made the averages where undisputed top spot went to Farley's Mike Colvill who racked up 1,110 runs at an average of 74 with his figures being boosted by a monster innings of 210 runs against Sway!

Oddly, Sway were also on the receiving end of 4 of the top partnerships in the division with the top partnership being 264 for Hyde against Sway between Alan Cousins and Justin "Drop me early door and you'll regret it" Cooper.

At least with the ball a Sway player has made the handbook - Sam Nailor at 12th place with 23 wickets at and average of 15. Leading wicket taker with 32 wickets at 13.2 was our good friend, Sean Tranter of Pylewell Park albeit Sean very sportingly bowled 0 for 33 against his old club! Top bowling average goes to another veteran player, again from Pylewell, Clive Kitcher whose 26 wickets came at just 9.8 a-piece.

Sam Nailor shown in between injuries.


3rd XI RD3SW

Skipper Pete Bennet made it into 6th place scoring 532 runs at an average of 38.0. Unfortunately, Tom Burton's impressive average of 48 will note make the handbook as he did not play in enough games and score enough runs overall. Lymington's Chris Tollerfield scored the most runs in the division (786 at 71) but particularly eye catching was former Sarisbury southern league star,  Lyndhurst's skipper Andy Reading who 697 runs at an outstanding average of 139. This included a knock of 112 against Sway.

The batting partnerships was a very positive table for Sway - with two partnerships of 161 and 153 between Bennet and Burton making the top 8. There is no denying the undisputed partnership of the year, a whopping unbeaten record breaking 1st wicket knock 366 between Tollerfield and Josh Bowring putting Pylewell Park's bowlers to the sword.

With the ball, Sway's single entry was Charlie Smith in 16th place with 18 wickets at 15.1 runs each. The top bowling award went to the distinctly tricky to play, D Agha (Dave or Danny?) of Lyndhust & Ashurst with 30 wickets at 10.5. Agha was narrowly beaten the the top average prize by one of his own team-mates Alex Hodder.

The 3rd best bowling performance in the division went to Sway colt Michael Allport with his 6 for 25 against Paultons.

Michael Allport - 6 for 25


4th XI RD4SW

The RD4SW averages were a desert for Sway players with the tables reflecting the rather uneven nature of the division in 2015 caused by the entry of several high standard teams. 1st place in the batting went to Lytchett's uber experienced Matt Tatchell who scored 795 runs at at an average  of 98.4. In 2nd place was Dorset Indian's Rohit Choudhary who plundered 705 runs at an average of 141. The prize for the most incredulous average must go however, to Lytchett's Graeme Rose (the former Somerset batsman?) whose 4 innings produced 327 runs including a big ton against Sway and was not dismissed on a single occasion

Rohit Choudhary of Dorset Indians - 187 against Sway

With the ball the leading wicket taker was the experienced Richard Hough of Ellingham with 40 wickets at 11.2.


The best overall performances in the Hampshire Cricket League were as follows:

Most Runs

Mike Covill, Farley 1,110   (RD1W)

Highest Batting Average (min 10 inns)

Chris Wheeler, Bishops Waltham III,   (RD3NE)

Highest Score

William De Cani, Longparish, 239no (CD2)

Highest Partnership

Chris Tollerfield and Josh Bowring, 366*,  Lymington IV (RD3SW)

Most Wickets

Nilantha Atapattu 42, Sway, (CD1S)

T Wiltshire, 42, Odiham & Graywell (RD1N)

Best Bowling Average

C Nicel 28w @ 6.18, Upper Clatford, RD3NW

Best Bowling Performance

Clive Kitcher, 8 for 11, Pylewell Park (RD1W)