Commanding win for 3rd XI

Sway III 145-3 Camelot 144-7. Sway won by 7 wickets

Sway arrived at Pennington full of optimism and after winning the toss skipper Steve Drayton elected to bowl. The early optimism proved correct in the form of early wickets early wickets. Tom Burton dismissing Camelot’s opener for a duck with a delightful swinging delivery. The early pressure continued with Joshua Bailey picking up his first wicket. Camelot were in a spot of bother at 14-2, however sensible batting from opener Peacock and the new batsmen Wally Arowa took Camelot to 50-2 at drinks. After drinks opener Peacock opted to go after Joshua Bailey and sent the five balls after drinks for 16, however on the final ball of the over he once again tried to crash the ball to boundary but this time Casper Todd flung himself out at full stretch and managed to pluck the ball out of the air, dismissing Peacock for 47. Steve Drayton entered the fray and delivered his traditional consistency the third team is accustomed too; with his first spell only going for 3 runs off 6 overs.  Alongside this Joshua’s Baileys impressive bowling display continued and he took his third wicket by trapping Arowa LBW. Allan Lawes now entered the attack, with his darting deliveries causing concern for the batsmen. He picked up a wicket in his second over when a rather agricultural shot was picked out the ever-present Steve Hannibal in the field, leaving Camelot on a perilous 84-5.

The overs ticked on and more consistent bowling from Sway had restricted Camelot to 104 from 34 overs. Daniel Bailey, who had bowled well without reward, picked up his first wicket when T. White daintily flicked the ball to the returning Kev Glass at slip. Camelot’s batsmen were now trying to add as many runs as possible however more steady bowling from Tom Burton, Daniel Bailey and Steve Drayton made life difficult for the visitors. The latter was tasked with bowling the final over where he picked up his first wicket through a sharp stumping from the ever reliable Bennet. The last ball of the innings was dispatched over/through Mark Wright for four taking Camelot to a modest 144-7 off their 42 overs. The only black mark on the innings would be a drop in the deep from Niall Gallagher. Minus the aforementioned error it was a thoroughly impressive display by Sway.

Casper Todd - politician, historian, lothario & moderately proficient boundary fielder

Sway opened up with Pete Bennet and Tom Burton and faced a Camelot bowling side that restricted last week’s opponents to just 40.  The Camelot openers bowled probing steady deliveries, but never really looked like taking a wicket and Sway had an opening 50 partnership by the 13th over. The steady lines made it tricky to score and Sway were on 65 at drinks. However both openers were bowled out and Sway still had 10 wickets intact. Soon after the break, Burton’s eyes lit up and tried to dispatch a short delivery only to be well caught for a solid 35. Daniel Bailey was in at 3, with the primary task of supporting Bennet. Bennet had dropped anchor and continued to keep the scoreboard ticking, bringing up a well-made 50. Bennet and Bailey were both batting well and were well up with the run rate, then out of nowhere Daniel Bailey crashed 4 consecutive 4’s to all parts of the ground putting sway on the verge of victory. Sadly Bennet was caught out just before the victory, bringing both Bailey’s together in the middle. Camelot soon found out Joshua was not the cricketing Übermensch as he was deceived by a slower ball and fell for a duck. This brought out Casper Todd to the middle, fresh from giving his views on the EU and the validity of his Ancient History degree he seemed eager to bat. However he did not get the chance, as Daniel Bailey scored the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 47. A strong performance where youth and experience amalgamated to give Sway a well deserved victory.


Pete Bennet - recorded his 12th league score of 50 or more.