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
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