Sway II blow away Cadnam

Cadnam II 120ao, Sway III 123-1

Sway II produced a clinical performance to record an emphatic 9-wicket victory over an out-of-sorts Cadnam II. In the previous encounter between the two-sides back in 2012, Luke Evans (now with Hampshire) batted and bowled Cadnam to victory in a beefed up side trying to avoid relegation. Roll on 4 years and there were no survivors from the Cadnam side and the result was emphatically different.

In humid conditions and with a greenish looking pitch freshly uncovered from sheeting which was keeping the drizzle off, Sway skipper Stevenson, on winning the toss, had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat first.

The home side got off to a good start with steady batting from J Walter and some big shots to anything pitched up from P Singh. Sway opening bowlers Sam Harvey and Sam Nailor were bowling some tight lines, especially  Harvey who yet again proved very hard to get away and very unlucky not to get wickets in his figures of 8-1-28-0. Cadnam had reached 39 off 14 overs when Stevenson turned to his change bowlers. The tactic brought immediate success when Walter (13) was well caught by Ryan Drayton in Dave Marshall's deep mid-off trap. Singh was still there, riding his luck at times, with the score on 58, Sway made a major breakthrough when he was caught low to his left by Chris Hammond at first slip off Marshall. This brought the powerful but unorthodox D Cousins to the middle to partner the steady left-handed batting of J Goodchild. Marshall and Neil Prince struggled for line especially to Cousins who was adept and hitting off side balls to the long leg boundary. Marshall (10-2-28-3) finally bowled Cousins but the pair had put on 42 runs to leave the home side still in a reasonable position of 100-3 off 30 overs. Cadnam's innings however imploded from this point onwards with 7 wickets lost for just 19 runs.

The collapse was started with the dismissal of Goodchild (22) who was cleaned up by the returning Nailor (9-2-19-2) who also bowled M Whitehorn for a duck. Steveson then introduced U16 star George Lewis into the action and the diminutive youngster produced a blitz of pace to claim 4 wickets in just 3.2 overs. J Newland was trapped LBW, there were two catches for Sam Nailor and one to the revelatory safe hands of Rick How at gully. With the addition of a run-out following lightening work by Drayton and keeper Adam Clark, Cadnam has subsided to just 120 all out.

Sam Nailor - highest career score. 96

If Cadnam were to test Sway's batting resolve, they needed to get early wickets but that is precisely the opposite of what happened with Sway's opening pairing of Nailor and Stevenson looking untroubled. Nailor in particular was in dismissive mood, hitting a series of boundaries and by the time 50 runs were on the board after just 10 overs, heads were naturally beginning to drop in the field. Nailor powered on and after 12 fours and 4 sixes, an unlikely century looked possible before he perished agonisingly on 96, caught whilst looking to bring up his maiden ton with another maximum. Ryan Drayton and Stevenson (21*) than had the simple task to knocking up the remaining few runs needed to see Sway to their biggest victory since July 2011.