24th April 2016

 

New season up and running

The 2016 season got up and running at a beautiful but bracing Bolton's Bench as Lyndhurst &Ashurst hosted a strong Sway side in a 42-over friendly.

The hosts won the toss and asked Sway to bat with Sam Nailor and debutant Will Millard opening the batting. As expected  the wicket was rather sticky and Lynhurst's opening bowlers along with tight fielding made runs hard to come by over the first 10 overs or so. The breakthrough came when Nailor nicked one through to the keeper and was dismissed for 8. This brought in Atapattu, who seems to have overwintered very well - but minus his insulation he was keen to get busy straight away. The Sri Lankan and Millard put on a 70 runs before both retired not out in their 40s. Casper Todd and Aam Clark then provided some excellent unbeaten entertainment as the pair vied to outscore each other, Todd in particular catching the eye no doubt of the league skippers with some fine shots and a rapid strike rate. Lyndhurst did not make things easy however and whilst a 200+ score seemed on for a while, they produced some accurate and tricky bowling to keep the Sway innings in check. After cameos from Jack Baughan and Alex Hall, Sway reached tea at 180odd for 4 wickets.

In reply Lyndhurst got off to a good start in the first come of overs - some fine strokes and excellent running between the wickets including running a four! The breakthrough came however from Jon Waller. By his own admission, his 2015 season was a disappointment, however, the wobbler looks to be hitting the ground running in 2016 producing a fine spell of bowling. In the space of just a few overs he bowled four of their top order with cracking deliveries to effectively wreck the hosts chances of chasing down the required score.

Another debutant Ben Powis picked up a couple of wickets and so by the middle overs, the game had reduced to valuable batting and bowling practice - 7 "boring" overs for 11 runs from Dave Marshall produced grumblings from the chilly fielders so the skipper introduced Atapattu and brought back Waller to try and finish off the game.

Attapattu picked up a couple of wickets, but the highlight was 6 wickets for Waller - his first ever 5-for for Sway and the promise of good things to come in 2016. As for Lnydhurst & Ashurst, they look likely to be very competitive in RD1 this season and will prove a tough challenge when they travel to Jubilee Field to play Sway II on July 22nd.

Thanks to Nikki Batchelor for umpiring and the hosts for getting this early game on.