No Parlez for Sway1st XI

Hants County Div 3 South

Parley 134-3, Sway 133ao

Sway’s promotion aspirations suffered a blip as they were eased aside by a strong, unbeaten Parley outfit in a top of the table clash. The visitors, who were missing skipper Alex Hall and strike bowler Jon Grasham, lost the toss and were invited to bat under overcast skies on a damp pitch that offered assistance to the bowlers.

Openers Tim Noble and Will Millard started well against a pacey and accurate opening attack but were parted in the ninth over with the score at 21 when Noble (12) fell to a good catch, and then skipper David Steadman fell soon after. An excellent rebuilding job was done by Nilantha Atapattu and Millard, who both grew in confidence and hit some excellent shots to take the score to 70-2 by the 20th over.

A mix up however saw Atapattu ran out for 27. Millard (16), then got out and Oscar Marshall also perished, meaning in the space of four balls Sway had gone from a promising position to being 70-5 and facing an uphill battle. The away side never really recovered despite some big hitting from FJ Charton (18) and Adam Clark (19), and ended up all out on a below par 133.

To make a game of it Sway needed early wickets in reply, but the pitch flattened out and got slower and the bowlers found inroads difficult. Steadman and Jon Waller tried valiantly but Parley’s openers punished the bad balls well and any chances that Sway did get were not taken.

Ben Powis and Attapatu both bowled impressive spells without reward as Parley reached 110 without loss and threatened a ten wicket win.

However, Nathan David provided a real bright spot with an excellent spell, claiming three wickets, including two excellent catches behind the stumps from Clark and a stunning horizontal one-handed grab from Oscar Marshall, which was the highlight of Sway’s day.

In the end Parley, who boasted ex Essex top-order batter Paul Pritchard among their number, ran out comfortable winners in the 29th over, leaving a below par and disappointed Sway much to ponder.

Former Essex Captain Paul Pritchard - over 16,000 1st class runs