SWAY IV   50

Report by Dave Hurrell

Sway 4ths playing only their third League game this season traveled to The Littledown Centre to take on Christchurch 2nds.

On a damp slow wicket and with a long (both in distance and length  of grass) outfield M.Morse and D.Message opened for Christchurch and despite good spells from James Howard and Bradley Balcombe they reached tea on 75 without loss. Michael Allport and Andy Hillyar also bowled tight spells and it wasn't until the 35th over that Andy Balcombe with a wicket maiden made the breakthrough arresting Morse's progress with keeper Reece Owen taking a diving catch, Morse making a torpid 39 although Sway skipper Derek Seward thought his strike rate was impressive!

As sometimes happens his opening partner went in the next over with Sarje Willson bowling  a double wicket maiden with Dapper catching Message at point for 81 and G.Message behind caught behind by Owen without scoring. The well seasoned Willson managed to pick up another 2 wickets with Owen and Hillyar holding the catches and ended with 4 - 42 off 9 overs, as Christchurch closed on 188 - 5.

Sway were in a reasonably blithesome spirit having kept the score in some sort of check after their wicketless start but were hit with a double whammy at tea as first there was no tea or coffee to drink and then Hillyar was seen hovering over two trays of EGG based sandwiches!!

The less said of Sway's reply is probably for the better as apart from Dan Simonini who unless he had been partaking in a Russian Athlete's drug regime for the last 3 years had no chance of making a sharp single, the batting collapsed as H.Hayes ( 3 - 4  ) and C.Rogers ( 4 - 9 ) liquidated the batting order. Dave Hurrell making his comeback arrived at the crease on a hat-trick ball with the score on 16 - 8, however with the veteran Seward for company they did pass Sway's *lowest League total before Seward departed at 46. Last man Michael Allport and Hurrell [making a welcome return to cricket action after serious illness] then managed to take the score to 50 and claim a batting point before trying to beat Hillyar to the changing rooms!

* Marshall's team records are a bit sparse but the lowest League score by Sway is reputedly 31 by the 2nd team in their first ever match on the 8th of May 2004 against Mudeford 4ths at Pennington.
The present side can take heart from the fact that the 2nd team included batting legends Norman Wilkie, Alex Hall, Jack Walton and the only man to appear in both games Andy Hillyar.

The scorecard from Sway's lowest ever score back in 2004