16th May 2016

Sway edged out in thriller

Sway 2nd XI 136 all out. Hythe and Dibden 2nd XI 137-8

After an even contest throughout the day it was Sway 2’s who where edged out in a dramatic finish by a calm and collected innings from Richard Frogget (33*)

On what looked to be a beautiful day Dan Stevenson and his team embarked on their second game of their campaign hoping to repeat last year’s victory over the visitors. Sway won the toss and elected to bat on a good-looking track opening up with the usual partnership of Stevenson and Nailor. The pair started brightly with Nailor (19) hitting a flurry of boundaries before he was caught whilst looking to keep up the rate. Stevenson was next to go for 8 after struggling against Ritchie Froggett’s tight lines. Sway’s innings began to slow down at this stage as Mike Bowman produced a corker to bowl Barry Jones for 0 followed by Adam Clark who was caught at mid on also without scoring. This left the innings hanging in the balance and it was up to in form batsman Ryan Drayton and keeper Nick Brien to rebuild. This is exactly what they did with some good running between the wickets and some fluent strokes from Drayton. However the partnership was then broken by Nick Shrive as Brien was well held behind the stumps for a steady 12. Charlie Smith then joined Drayton but unfortunately Smith was dismissed quickly without troubling the scorers. Drayton was eventually out for a well-constructed 28, which brought in club veteran Dave Marshall and ‘the big show’ Vito Falso. This proved to be a key partnership within the game as the pair whacked boundary after boundary and helped get the team total up to 136 with Marshall making a destructive 32 and Falso finishing with  an excellent 26 not out with some trademark lusty blows.

After a delightful provided by Mr and Mrs Stevenson Sway returned to the field knowing that a top display with the ball would would be needed if they were to have any chance. Sway opened up with Sam Nailor and Sam Harvey for the second week running but despite some good bowling neither was able to find a wicket. The opening pair of Bowman and uber run merchant Sean Tongs were looking good until all rounder Dave Marshall  picked up 3 wickets in two overs - first bowling Tongs, then in-form Archie Gilbert for a duck and finally Luke Mills. Nailor then bowled Sanderson around his legs and Sway's chance received major boost when George Lewis stayed cool to get the ball into glove man Brien to have opener Bowman run out for 24. . There were also a couple of wickets for Charlie Smith after a quick spell with the ball and an eventual reward for the returning Harvey. With 8 wickets down and Hythe needing 35 runs off the last 8 overs, the game could have gone either way. This however brought the experienced Froggett who managed the strike rotations well whilst hitting a cluster of boundaries to see his team over the line with a well made 33 not out.

Another tough pill to swallow for the 2’s but they must look ahead to next week as they endeavour to get their first win on the board.

Nick Brien (Maverick)

Ritchie Froggett - guided Hythe home