Powis power seals Sway win

Langley Manor 221-9; Sway 224-8. Sway won by 2 wickets

Hants County Div 3 (South)

Report by Jon Waller

Some late order big hitting, including the winning two huge sixes from Sway’s new recruit Ben Powis, enabled Sway to win a pulsating game of cricket which ebbed and flowed right to the end.

Having opted to bowl first the visitors made a good start with Jon Waller (2-41) getting both openers, one wicket aided by a scintillating one handed catch by FJ Charton. Sway struck for a third time when Powis induced an edge to wicketkeeper Alex Hall to leave the home side 30-3.

However, the game altered when Langley’s big hitting number five got his eye in, as he dispatched several sixes in a quick 47 before being bowled by Powis (3-43). At the other end Langley’s number four was nurdling the ball round and he eventually compiled 48 before being out caught behind to David Steadman (1-36).

Nilantha Atapattu (2-45) also got in on the act, helped by a smart catch from Oscar Marshall, as Langley made it to 160-8. But any thought Sway had of wrapping up the innings were dispelled when two Langley tailenders came together and began dispatching the ball around the ground in an impressive display of big hitting. Nathan David held his nerve well and claim a wicket but Langley’s final total was a decent score and at tea Sway knew they would have to bat well to overhaul it.

In reply openers Tim Noble (57) and Alex Hall (60) gave Sway a superb 133 run start, both hitting some sparkling shots all around the ground. The former was the first to his landmark with the skipper brining his own half century up shortly in what was a terrific start.

But just as the visitors began to coast both openers were out in the same over and when Steadman and Attapatu fell shortly after momentum swung in the home sides favour.

Marshall (20), hit some lovely shots fell and Will Millard (12) nurdled the ball around nicely until he edged behind. By now Sway needed almost 50 off the final five overs and were up against it, but then two towering sixes by Charton, who provided a swashbuckling cameo, then turned the game again. Charton was ably supported by Neil Prince until he perished going for another big hit, setting the stage for Powis with 10 needed off the final two overs.

Ben "the Power" Powis

After defending a ball Powis sent one six high in the neighbouring car park and then sparked jubilant celebrations with a bigger maximum two balls later. It was a fitting end to a great game and Langley produced a highly decent showing and should be proud of their efforts.