Sway 2nd XI creep over the line in thriller

Breamore 115 all out,  Sway 2’s 116-7

Report by Nick Brien

Off the back of last week’s victory Dan Stevenson’s men looked to make it two in two as they faced early league leaders Breamore who had enjoyed an electric start to their season.

Breamore won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a fantastic pitch. Sway’s Sam Nailor, however, wasn’t in the mood for hanging around as he dismissed the opening pair cheaply with two ferocious deliveries. This brought in Veit who was given a life line early as he was put down by keeper Nick Brien.  He couldn’t cash in on his luck though as he was given out LBW for 8 after Nailor produced a fantastic in swinging Yorker to get rid of Breamore's run-merchant. Nailor then dismissed Lacey for just 1 after he could only glove a bouncer up to the keeper Brien before Marlow became Nailor’s final victim leaving the left arm quick with impressive figures of 5 for 21 off his 10 overs. Breamore did show some resistance though with a well-made 30 from Northway before Stevenson caught him off the bowling of Marshall. Marshall then picked up the dangerous Goodwin for 15 after he was well stumped by keeper Brien. It was then up to George Lewis, Sam Harvey and Matt Bramwell to finish the job, all of them chipping in with a wicket each leaving Breamore with a modest total of just 115.

Sway replied with the opening partnership of Nailor and Stevenson who looked good early on before both being bowled  - Nailor by Bennett for 7 and Stevenson for 16 by Lacey. Ryan Drayton now promoted to number 3 looked to cement his team’s position and produced some free flowing strokes before being removed by Bennett for a quick 17. Chris Hammond couldn’t get a push on either after he was Bennett’s next victim for 7.  At this point Sway were starting to worry as their run chase started to stammer and wickets began to fall at regular intervals. This was largely down to veteren Bennett who produced an extraordinary 7 maidens off his 10 overs. Rick How did offer some resistance though pushing his team towards the total with a well made 17 helped briefly by George Lewis and Nick Brien but it was ultimately up to the big hitting Vito Falso and all rounder Dave Marshall to knock off the final runs which they did in style after another useful innings from Sway’s destructive innings finisher Falso (23*) and a cool headed Dave Marshall (11*).

So a narrow escape for the 2’s but a solid win none the less as they must now look on to next week and continue this newly found form.