9th May 2016



Sway show fight in Village cup exit

Hursley Park 121-4 Sway 120 ao;

National Village Cup First Round

Sway put up a good fight against their Southern Electric Division Three opponents, who were four leagues higher than them, but were left to rue wickets falling at crucial times and dropped chances as they exited the village cup meaning a trip to Lords will have to wait for another year.

Having won the toss on a belter of a wicket at the picturesque ‘The Quarters’ ground, Sway opted to bat first but lost openers Tim Noble and FJ Charton (10) early, the latter having hit a couple of crisp boundaries. Skipper Alex Hall looked good before edging to slip and at 33-3 the visitors were in a spot of bother.

It was then David Steadman (36) and new signing Will Millard (37) staged an excellent recovery job, with the former bludgeoning several boundaries and running excellently between the wickets. Ex-Cadnam batsman Millard was manoeuvring the spinners well and hit a couple of cracking shots, as Sway, at 85-3 at drinks, suddenly sensed a score of 200 might be on.

Alas, it was not to be as Steadman went shortly after changing his cracked bat and Adam Clark, Ryan Drayton and Sam Nailor went cheaply. Millard and Jon Grasham guided Sway past the 100 mark before Millard, who settled into his middle order role very nicely, went attempting a big hit. Unfortunately new signing Ben Powis slipped while attempting a single and was run out, and Grasham was stumped, leaving Jon Waller stranded without facing a ball and Sway all out for a below par 120.

In response Sway knew early wickets would be crucial and Waller (1-23) got the initial breakthrough when Charton took a smart catch. Steadman at the other end proved desperately unlucky, having a strong appeal for a caught behind turned down and forcing Hursley opener Joe Theobold into numerous play and misses, while a sharp chance also went down at slip off his bowling.

Powis entered the fray and showed his class with a tremendous spell of 3-32, including Hursley skipper Nick Wheeler, and with the hosts at 45-4 Sway sensed an upset.

But it was not to be, despite superb bowling efforts from Powis and Jon Grasham, as Hursley ended up overhauling the total in the 30th over, with Theobold ending on an unbeaten 60.

Report by Jon Waller