Sway III too strong for Burley II

Sway 3rd XI cruised to a comfortable 56 wicket win over 9-man Burley II at Pennington. The visitors batted first and Sway struck with just 18 on the board when the returning Ben Sanger had opener Ben Crowley caught by Charlie smith for 10. Fellow opener Alex Martin along with number 3 Pete Stacey, however, put together a respectable if unspectacular partnership of 42 runs against some tight Sway bowling before Martin perished for 22, caught by Joshua Bailey off the bowling of Smith. Stacey himself perished for 35, caught by James Marshall off the bowling of Daniel Bailey and Marshall was then involved in the spectacular run out of danger man Jim Burry following an athletic pickup in the deep and bullet throw into keeper Pete Bennet. With continuing pressure from both the bowlers and the fielders, the the last 5 Burley wickets fell for just 9 runs as Burley subsided to just 122 all out. Ben Sanger (8.4-4-29-3) and Charlie Smith (8-2-22-3) shared 6 wickets between them but all the Sway bowlers were economical.

Sway's reply did not get off to the best of start with the loss of two of the team's most experienced players. Pete Bennet was out for a very rare duck whilst new signing Jim Metcalfe had to retire hurt with cramp. When Marshall then nicked one through to the keeper Sway were 3 wickets down but with 59 on the board they were already almost half way to the required total thanks to the imperious batting of Sway's U14 star Thomas Burton. Whilst Sway did lose two further wickets, Steve Hannibal (12) and Daniel Bailey (11), Sway cruised to victory in just 24 overs with Burton unbeaten on 70 and Joshua Bailey on 9.

U14 Thomas Burton -5th competitive half century for Sway