16th May 2016

Super U11s win super game

Sway 64-8, old Tauntonians & Romsey 63ao

After their agonising 1-run defeat to Pylewell Park, Sway U11s were involved in another nail-biting game of high standards, this time running out the victors.

On a lovely morning and with a good crowd assembled, Sway skipper David Elford won the toss and asked OT&R to bat.

The opening Sway bowlers David Elford and Will Pearson bowled tight lines, but without any luck as OT&R got off to a steady start. The change pairing of Alexander Condon Oscar Hudson, however, produced a devastating spell of bowling. Medium pacer Condon picked up 5 wickets in a Club record performance of 4-0-8-5. Condon's haul included a crucial nick off one of OT&R's top batsman which was well taken by keeper Rees Dawson and a super running catch taken in the deep by Harvey Baker. At the other end, Hudson produced a bamboozling spell of leg spin deservedly picking up 3 wickets for just 7 runs. With tight bowling from Noah Lane-Glass and debutant Oscar Anderson,  the visitors were dismissed for just 63 in once of the finest bowling and fielding displays by a Sway U11s side

OT&R as ever are well coached and full of promising cricketers - the visitors fighting back hard with the ball and coming agonising close to pulling off a victory. Sway's top order batsmen struggled to score and the home side were soon four wickets down with the required rate starting to climbing. Connor Treacey stopped the rot with a quick fire knock including a big six whilst at the other end Callan Wallis was defiant in keeping out naggingly accurate bowling. Sway were 8 wickets down and with the game hanging the balance, the excellent young OT&R skipper justifiably gambled in bowling himself out to try and pick up the last two wickets but Sway held out Going into the 4 overs, Sway needed 20 or so for victory with Condon and Anderson at the crease. There was much excitement as every run was cheered from the boundary as Sway edged closer to the required total with careful shots and lightening running between the wickets. A fine, but tense, victory was secured in the final over, with another lightening single, sneaked off a wide delivery.

This was an excellent hard fought game of the highest standard between tow good groups of youngsters side who were a credit to both clubs.

Alexander Condon - 5 wickets for just 8 runs

Leg spinner Oscar Hudson - 3 wickets for just 7 runs