29th May 2016

U13s Land win double with great team efforts 

The u13s had back-to-back matches last week away at New Milton and Fawley, and two more different batting and fielding surfaces you couldn't find on consecutive days.

On Wednesday at New Milton a low, slow wicket was paired with a whiskery outfield so that boundaries were few and far between but wickets fell regularly. Sway lost the toss but were invited to bat with John Talbot a new opening partner for skipper Daniel Bailey. Against some tight opening bowling from Hants pacegirl, Jess Pritchett and accurate Eddie Wooster they had put on 18 courtesy of a couple of Bailey boundaries and some good running when Daniel went for a quick single and was superbly run out for 14 by a direct throw from E.Wooster at extra cover. That brought in twin brother Joshua Bailey and when Pritchett bowled him for just 1 with a peach of a ball New Milton enthusiastically celebrated seeing the back of both Bailey boys with just 19 on the board. Their celebrations were slightly premature as on a difficult wicket Freddie Pearson and Joe Zani steadied the middle order with 4 apiece and then as wickets began to fall Arthur Lomax (10) and Pascal Giron put together a well-crafted and ultimately match-winning 8th wicket partnership of 23 with Lomax hitting the only other boundary of the innings with a classic cover drive. Sway at least used up all their overs finishing with 69 all out in the last over. To their credit New Milton had used 9 bowlers but were to regret the 24 wides bowled.  

Sway knew that on a difficult wicket with a slow outfield they could bowl and field their way back into contention. New Milton opener and skipper Joey Wooster had other ideas as he put together a fine knock of 19 with the only other 2 boundaries of the match. But the Sway bowling was tight and accurate and gradually wickets began to fall equally shared between J.Bailey (4-0-9-1), Pearson (4-2-9-1), D.Bailey (4-0-14-1) and Anthony Rogers (3-0-9-1), then A. Lomax came on to complete a fine all-round personal performance taking 2 for 3 of just 2 overs to seal a well-earned victory for Sway by 14 runs as they restricted New Milton to 55 for 7.

The next day the team had the treat of a flat and true Fawley wicket and fast outfield. Another toss lost but again asked to bat Joshua Bailey and Joe Zani opened and the ball was soon disappearing to the boundary as Joshua enjoyed himself, Joe went early but as Daniel joined his brother they were matching each other blow for blow until Joshua fell to a good Zac Bowen ball for 16. Arthur Lomax didn't manage to repeat his previous day's batting heroics and after Daniel had retired for 30 with a 6 and 4x4s it was Jake Olney (12) and Luca Allies (17) that put together a very useful partnership that took the score past 100, then Pascal Giron and John Talbot chipped in with useful runs at the end to finish on 115 for 6.

The Fawley response could hardly get off to a worse start as skipper Bowen was run out without facing in the 1st over, then Oliver Smith bowled the promising Conor Parratt for 4. The bowling remained tight from all the Sway bowlers, most of whom were occasional bowlers as skipper D.Bailey shared the overs around. Sarah Allport, John Talbot, Pascal Giron and Jake Olney all bowled straight and well without success but it was Ollie Smith (2-0-6-2), Luca Allies (2-0-3-3) and Arthur Lomax (1-1-0-2) that picked up wickets. Catherine Allport put in another excellent performance behind the stumps which was crowned with a superb reaction pick up and throw to the bowlers end with a direct hit for a run out. The Sway ground-fielding and catching was also top-notch as they bowled Fawley out for 37 in 12 overs.

In two matches Sway had used 12 different batters and 11 different bowlers to record two excellent victories on very different wickets.