9th May 2016

Noble effort as Sway 1st XI start season well

Report by Jon Waller

Sway 169-8; Suttoners 109ao

Hants County Div 3 (South)

A strong Sway first side saw off a battling Suttoners outfit to get their season off to a good start.

Having won the toss the home side opted to bat – and there was almost a wicket first ball of the season when a huge LBW shout went up against Tim Noble but was turned down.

Tim Noble - 79no

Sway lost FJ Charton (8) early but Noble and David Steadman (31) came together, both batting superbly. The pair eased Sway to the 80 mark when Steadman miscued a sweep shot and was caught.

From then on Noble shepherded the innings well as others batted around him in the face of accurate bowling. Originally Sway had thought a score of 225 might be a good one, but, given the heat and a slow outfield, gradually downgraded that to 175.

Nilantha Attapatu, Alex Hall and John Grasham all struck boundaries in brief cameos, while Noble, who ran excellently throughout his innings, went past his 50, eventually finishing on 79 not out in what was a tremendous effort.

In reply Sway’s handy bowling attack started well, with Jon Waller inducing the opening batsman to edge to Hall with his first ball of the season. Steadman (1-22), then struck, and Suttoners, at 20-2, were rocking.

The score got worse for the promoted visitors when Waller (2-20 off 10 overs – including five maidens), bowled the other opener with a jaffer as Suttoners limped to 32-3 off of 23 overs.

If the batsmen thought it was going to get any easier they were wrong as Sway then unleashed Grasham (4-30) and new signing Ben Powis, both producing superb spells.

Powis had 1-1 off of his five overs, his debut wicket for the club aided by a fantastic slip catch by Charton, and eventually claimed 2-18 from nine overs during a spell that exuded accuracy and class.

Grasham meanwhile was, as ever, terrific, bowling some pacy stuff and was helped by some smart catches from Will Millard, Attapatu and Hall.

By this time Suttoners were 82-9 and the game was done, but Sway were a little sloppy afterwards, allowing a last stand by the tailenders. Spinner Nathan David bowled well without any luck before Attapatu (1-3) wrapped up the innings with a simple caught and bowled.