15th May 2016

Tony woodhouse Trophy

Fawley 149ao, Sway 243-5

Sway travelled to Fawley for the first game in this season’s Tony Woodhouse Trophy – a long running tournament designed to introduce younger players into full length cricket. Sway batted first but were immediately pinned down by U14 stars Bailey Parratt and Dan Newcombe. Despite Parratt’s tight lines (8-0-25-0) it was Newcombe that removed the Sway opening pairing – bowling both skipper Chris Straw and Nick Brien. Daniel and Joshua Bailey entered the fray and both looked comfortable, but as is often the case, bad balls get wickets – Daniel Bailey pounced on a rare full toss from Nick Shrive but was very well caught at mid-on for 19. Joshua Bailey’s innings also came to a premature end when he was bowled by Shrive for 5. At 42 for 4, Sway’s innings hung in the balance, however, a quick fire 18 from James Marshall and steady batting from run machine Thomas Burton saw Sway to 88 before Marshall nicked one through to the keeper. George Lewis now joined Burton and from this point the pair rapidly took the game away from the home side. The diminutive pairing dispatched the ball to all parts with Lewis in particular in destructive mood. A club record 6th wicket partnership of 155 eventually saw Sway declare on 243-5 with Burton unbeaten on 59 and Lewis recording is maiden century, and at 15 years and 9 months, becoming the Club’s youngest even centurian.

Fawley’s reply got off to a bad start when Lewis had 2nd XI player Bowen caught by Dave Marshall who had been lying in wait at 3rd man. Thomas Burton then bowled Lloyd Coxall, before Fawley staged a fightback with a partnership between two of their most experienced players, A Freeman and Kieran Coxall which for a while looked to be setting up an exciting finish with all three results possible. A Fawley win, seemed however to out of the equation when Daniel Bailey (5-0-16-2) picked up a couple of wickets including Coxall for 22. Brother Joshua also picked up two wickets including that of Shrive, and it was dad John that finally extinguished Fawley’s victory chances when he took a fine catch at first slip off Dave Marshall to dismiss Freeman for a well-made 54. From this point onwards, Fawley’s resistance crumbled and Lewis (7.1-2-31-4) returned to attached to pick up the final three wickets required for victory with 8 overs remaining.