Sun 11th Jul 2016

Sway win Woodhouse Trophy after hard fought draw

Sway 213ao, Hythe & Dibden 172-5. Match drawn

Sway went into the final Woodhouse Trophy rubber of the season knowing that a draw would see them win the trophy. With both teams fielding a bevy of U11s and U13s it may well have been the youngest Woodhouse game to date but the youngsters on both sides did their clubs proud in an entertaining and hard fought game.

Sway won the toss and elected to bat first, opening with Pete Bennet and Nick Brien. Brien, in his last TWT game as a youngster, did not enjoy the best of luck - a victim of a H&D veteran combo – bowled McCarthy, caught Tongs for a duck. This brought U13 star and scourge of the Waterside, Tom Burton to the crease. After riding his luck with a dropped catch or two early on, he was soon into his stride dispatching balls to the boundary at regular intervals with Bennet providing a solid supporting role. The pair moved the score on to 87 in the 18th over when Bennet was caught by Hythe skipper Matt Howe for 29 off the bowling of Ryan Aitken. Sway skipper Chris Straw now went out to bat, also in his final TWT appearance as a junior. Straw and Burton put on 43 for the 3rd wicket before Aitken picked up the crucial wicket of Burton - caught at deep mid on for 72.

The first of 3 Sway debutants now took to the middle – former Brockenhurst skipper Ian Pearson who was quickly into his stride with some lusty blows. Straw perished for 34, caught off the bowling of H&D youngster Sparling and the brought together the eagerly anticipated father & son pairing of dad Ian with son, Freddie. The pairing looked very good with runs coming quickly - the family battle was won by Freddie as it was Pearson senior who perished first, caught by Kev McCarthy off Aitken for 14. Pearson junior was playing well before he became the first of two victims for youngster Dan Jones when he was caught for 11. U11 skipper David Elford was the second Jones victim, caught for 2. Sway’s 3rd debutant Oscar Hudson had the dubious honour of batting with coach Dave Marshall and was looking very solid in his supporting role as Marshall whacked a quickfire 26* to take Sway over the 200 mark. With the score on 213 and with 8 balls to go, Hudson was very unlucky to brilliantly caught by a one handed diving catch from Howe off the tidy bowling of Dan Effeny, nephew of H&D legend Wayne. Veteran Dave Hurrell creaked out to the crease as number 11, then after paddling his first ball to the eager hands of Tongs, turned around for the return leg to the pavilion!

After a nice tea kindly laid on by Mrs Straw, Hythe went out to batting needing around 5.5 runs and over if they were to re-claim the trophy. The Watersiders opened with the experience of Sean Tongs alongside youngster Monty Gilbert. Sway opened their attack with the ling & length of David Elford and the leg-spin of U11 Oscar Hudson (8-0-33-2). After a slightly tricky start in very awkward blustery bowling conditions, the Sway bowlers settled in and Hudson (8-0-33-2) claimed his first two senior wickets in just his second over – Gilbert was bowled for 1, then number 3 Lucas was caught by Tom Burton for a duck. This brought Ben Jones to the crease who after a shaky start, soon settled down to build an excellent innings under the expert guidance of the Guru. The pair put together a partnership of 80 runs with similar strike rates and with 20 overs to go, a Hythe victory looked possible with 8 wickets in hand needing 6 an over. Hythe had been kept in check with a superb performance by U10 star Noah Lane-Glass whose produced a naggingly impressive & mature  display of bowling  with his 8 overs going for just 20 runs with 3 maidens and just 1 extra. Nevertheless, the Tongs/Jones partnership remained intact but the pressure was building from Lane and the miserly Marshall and Tongs was the first to succumb, caught behind by Brien off Marshall (6-1-18-2) for 36. This brought Howe to the crease who was initially measured, but when Marshall had Jones also caught behind for a superb 41 he decided to go for broke. With the support of Sparling, he smashed the ball to all parts to suddenly get the Sway nerves jangling trying to work out the points situation but with the score on 172, Howe (61) drove the ball into the welcoming hands of Straw at mid-on to give Freddie Pearson (5-0-36-1) his first senior wicket. With that, the game finished in a draw, and the trophy for 2016 was narrowly won by Sway.

Despite the best efforts of the weather to spoil things, the 2016 season will be remembered as both very competitive and a really success in bringing on the youngsters from the three competing sides. Fawley were strong – could have won the encounter with Sway on the Waterside  and were on course for a big score at Sway before the weather intervened. Sway actually lost to H&D in the first game, and could only draw in the final game so a moral victory at least for Hythe. In terms of performances, Sway probably relied least on the veterans compared with any previous Woodhouse season with the youngsters doing all the hard work. There were two centuries made, by youngsters Daniel Bailey and George Lewis, and a pair of half centuries by Tom Burton. With the ball the youngsters also impressed, aside for the game above, there were key spells from Lewis, Joshua & Daniel Bailey, Michael Allport, Bradley Balcombe and who can forget Sara Allport having Sea Tongs stumped when he was on 94!

A huge thanks to Steve Chiverton for all his hard work organising the competition and we are eagerly looking forward to next seasons encounters.  

BR L-R Hurrell, Pearson Snr, Straw (c), Bennet, Brien, Marshall

FR L-R Elford, Pearson Jnr, Lane-Glass, Hudson, Burton