Sat 2nd July 2016

Sway 2nd best on derby day.

Brockenhurst I 99-6 (rain reduced target) Sway II 102ao

After much anticipation and watching the weather Sway 2nd made the short hop Balmer Lawn to face off against local rivals Brockenhurst who were looking to avenge their 2015 defeat..

In the absence of skipper Dan Stevenson, all rounder Sam Nailor took the reigns in the quest to keep up his one hundred percent win ratio at the helm of the 2ís. Brockenhurst won the toss and put Sway in to bat on what looked to be a slightly damp and unpredictable wicket.

Sway opened up with Nailor and Chris Hammond in the hope of a quick start but a heavy shower in the first over forced a rapid retreat and made subsequent batting conditions particularly tricky with even the hardest of hits failing to travel far across the normally lightening outfield.  The opening stand of  stand was eventually broken with the score on 27 when Nailor misjudged the length of a delivery from Jarvis to see him back in the pavilion for a promising 17.  Ryan Drayton now joined Hammond out in the middle and he looked comfortable at the crease playing nice and straight until he became Jarvisís next victim for 10.  Barry Jones then came to the crease with the away side in a spot of bother; he and Hammond were able to nudge the score along until Hammond became the first wicket of Saunders after a patient and responsible 18.  Wickets fell in regular intervals from there on in with nobody able to cement the innings - particulalry frustrating as Brockenhurst has just about used up all their frontline bowlers when the final Sway wicket fell but with 10 overs to go.  There were a few cameos along the way from Dave Marshall (12) and a surprising sparkle at the end from left armer Matt Bramwell who produced an entertaining  and unbeaten16 at the end.

This would see Sway up to 102; the total would then be recalculated due to the short rain break endured at the start of the innings leaving Brock with a miserly 97 to chase.

Sway opened up with debutant Michael Allport and Dave Marshall in the attempt to try and exploit some of the pitches demons.  It was Marshall who made the breakthrough though dismissing Wickison for 10.  Sam Nailor took the next wicket after bringing himself on cramping up Martin with a short ball who could only parry it to Drayton. Shah was next to go after he found himself trapped in front off the bowling of Marshall (8.1-5-14-2). This would be as good as it got for Sway though as Brockenhurst keeper Williams put his foot down and displayed a solid 33 run knock showing the Sway players how to play the conditions.  Saunders, who proved more than useful chipping in 19 with a few expansive strokes, ably assisted him.  The partnership eventually came to an end though with Williams the first to go becoming George Lewisís first wicket after he chipped the ball to Ryan Drayton who collected his second catch of the game.  Saunders would depart shortly after though as he drifted from his crease to see him stumped off the bowling of George Lewis (6-2-10-2) as his Yorker ricocheted off the pads of the keeper Nick Brien and on to the stumps.  The damage had been done by this stage though with Jarvis and Rogers dispatching the remaining runs to the boundaries to see Brockenhurst comfortably home.

So a game Sway will want to forget quickly as they must now look on to the coming fixtures as they try to recover their form.

By Nick Brien