Wilton Carpeted by Sway III

Wilton 137ao, Sway 139-5

Sway III set off to Wilton hoping to build on last weeks comfortable win over Camelot. Despite a challenging one-way system everyone got to the ground unscathed. Sway were ready to start, and the skipper Steve Drayton elected to bowl first. Any problems in finding the pitch did not transcend in using the pitch. With opener Drayton claiming 2 wickets in 2 balls, the first leaving the umpire with little doubt trapping Powell in front of his stumps for just 2. The next ball produced the same outcome with Shergord dismissed for a golden. His hat trick ball narrowly whistled past the top of the stumps and Sway were firmly on top. Josh Bailey bowled well from the other end without reward. Drayton struck again in his 4th over by having Kumar caught out in the deep by Tom Burton.

Wilton were now wilting and their woe continued. Steve Drayton turning into King Midas, as everything he touched turned to wickets as Savan was caught for a duck. The first change bowlers now came on, with the returning Charlie Smith and Thomas Burton. After a few overs of consolidation for Wilton, Smith struck. The South African speedster first had John Storm caught in the deep by Gallagher, redeeming himself for last weeks drop, for 17. He then channeled his inner Dale Steyn and uprooted Dinesh’ off stump. This then brought in Lewis Pinkana to the crease, assisted by the opener Sankaran -who had to watch the feeble collapse from the non-strikers end in total bemusement. Together they forged a strong partnership putting on 35 for the 8th wicket. However the returning Steve Drayton was hell bent on securing his fifth league five-wicket hall and managed to remove Sankaran for 37. This meant his crafty medium pace had cleaned up Wilton’s top 5 batsmen for just 31 runs. Daniel Bailey then had a chance to bowl, and delivered his usual economical bowling the third team had become accustomed too in recent weeks. James Marshall was tasked with picking up the final wickets and despite a plethora of unorthodox deliveries, ranging from full tosses to long hops he managed to clean bowl Rao and Kumur. Leaving Pinkawa unbeaten on 39 and Wilton all out for 137.

Steve Drayton celebrating his 6th 5-wicket haul for Sway

Pete Bennet and Thomas Burton opened for Sway and both looked comfortable. However last week repeated itself and after a few balls from the change bowler Burton was back in the pavilion, trapped LBW for 14. Gallagher was promoted up the order to 3, and clearly wanted to get home in time for the football as he got off the mark with a six over cover. Sadly a few balls later he was caught and bowled. Casper Todd also received a promotion in the order, and fresh from giving his views again on the EU and the suffragette movement he was ready to bat. After playing a few classy back foot shots he was bowled for 11. A mini collapse was on the cards with opener Bennet caught behind for a solid 28. However a partnership formed between Thistleton and Smith who played some shots that oozed elegance and skill and looked like taking the game home for Sway. Sadly Thistleton was bowled for 23. Daniel Bailey was now in and got to witness Smith dispatch a full toss over the river, before hooking the winning four. Another strong win for Sway, who are now gaining momentum as they can look forward to next weeks challenge.

Experienced pairing: Thistleton & Smith guided Sway home