5th July 2016

U13s storm into cup semi-final

Sway U13s reached their 3rd U13 Cup semi-final in the last 3 years with a superb team performance at Redlynch & Hale on Wednesday. They combined powerful batting with generally accurate bowling and good fielding on a large ground to secure an emphatic win against a talented Redlynch team.

Sway lost the toss and were asked to bat so skipper Daniel Bailey and Anthony Rogers went out to face the very promising Wiltshire opening pace bowler Castleton. Daniel was in no mood to let any bowler dominate so promptly pinged him for a couple of scorching boundaries as he amassed a quickfire 32 to retire. Anthony was more watchful and played the anchor role as firstly Joshua Bailey (11) and then Freddie Pearson (20) kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely but both perished when well set. Redlynch then got back into contention with a fine spell of spin bowling from Boardman (4-0-24-4) as he accounted for the Sway middle order. A couple of lusty blows at the end of the innings by Oliver Smith and Jake Olney took the Sway score to an impressive 140-7 off their 18 overs that looked very competitive considering the long boundaries.

The Sway bowlers stuck to their task of tight bowling as Joshua Bailey (4-1-7-2) took a couple of early wickets and he was well-supported by Freddie Pearson (4-0-11-2) and Daniel Bailey (4-0-13-0). For Redlynch Castleton was the threat as punished the occasional loose bowling and retired for 30. Then Arthur Lomax came on to bowl and did what he's been doing all season, bowling straight and picking up wickets for few runs with a great spell of 4-0-11-4. Fine Sway fielding all round and a couple of sharp catches from the Baileys coupled with some suicidal Redlynch running brought Castleton back to the wicket with the score on 69-9 with 4 overs remaining. Sway weren't phased as Ollie Smith and Freddie Pearson bowled well at the death and a superb direct hit from the skipper took the last Redlynch wicket with the score at 84 with one ball remaining.

Sway now look forward to a semi-final at Langley Manor to try and make it 3rd time lucky into the final having lost the previous two semi-finals at Winterslow in the last over each time.

Daniel Bailey - quick fire 32