Sat 2nd July 2016

Sway fall short in close contest

SWAY 155-7   (rain affected target of 164 from 39 overs) CALMORE II 177-9

Hants County Div 3 (South)

Sway's promotion aspirations suffered a blip as they were pipped by a decent Calmore outfit in a close rain interrupted game.

Skipper Alex Hall won the toss for the home side, again without two of their main bowlers, and opted to bowl. The game was an over old when the heavens opened, forcing the players off for 20 minutes.

On the resumption David Steadman claimed the first of his four wickets but Sway were frustrated for some time after that as Calmore batted sensibly. Throughout the visitors scored at around three runs per over until the end when they looked to up the rate and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Jon Waller (1-35) toiled, while Nathan David and Tim Noble bowled nice spells and Jon Grasham took two wickets one aided by a good slip catch from FJ Charton during a superb spell.

Calmore, meanwhile, ended up nine down after two run outs, thanks to excellent work in the field from Jack Baughan and an accurate boundary throw from David.

In reply Sway needed to score 164 from 39 overs, but against a pacey Calmore attack the initial period of the chase proved challenging. Noble and Oscar Marshall both were dismissed by terrific deliveries as Sway limped to 21-2 off 15 overs.

There was an excellent rebuilding job done by Hall and Steadman, the pair gradually asserting their dominance over the bowling. Steadman hit a couple of sixes before he perished, bowled for 47 and Hall completed a very good half century before he was out to a ball that kept a little low.

In the end, despite good efforts from Charton (20), Will Millard and Adam Clark who hit a towering six in the final balls the total proved just beyond reach for the home side in what was a disappointing defeat.