Sat 9th Jul 2016

Joshua Bailey Stars in "El Forestico"

New Milton IV 105ao, Sway III 197ao

Report by Niall Gallagher

The old firm derby, El Classico and the Derby Della Madonnina are all famous and ferocious derbies. However none can eclipse the drama of Sway vs. New Milton (El Forestico). At a packed Fernhill New Milton opted to bowl first bringing Pete Bennet and Rick How to the middle. The pair started well and were reasonably untroubled by the opening bowlers and put on 43, before How’s eyes lit up and was subsequently caught at slip for 22. Daniel Bailey fell shortly after for 5, his brother Joshua was next at the crease. He and Bennet kept the innings ticking and Sway were well on top in the derby. Bennet was well caught behind for a solid 30. A harrowingly regular occurrence of a brisk Gallagher cameo innings came and went leaving Sway on 101-4 with 16 overs to go.

Joshua Bailey accompanied with Charlie Smith upped the rate and Sway accelerated from 100 to 150. Bailey clubbed a few sixes and brought up a well-made 50. Smith fell for 20 after being out foxed by the one ball that turned. Joshua Bailey soon joined him after being caught out on the boundary for 61. The mercurial Steve Hannibal was next in and played an array of unique shots. Meanwhile Todd played one unique shot and was immediately out for a golden duck. Sway’s tail added runs, however not enough for the big 200 and they ended on 197 all out after a kamikaze run out from John Bailey.

New Milton needed to get off to a good start, but within 2 balls Drayton had struck having Connan caught behind. Fresh from scoring runs, Joshua Bailey turned to wickets bowling a wicket maiden leaving New Milton on a perilous 14-2. A partnership began to blossom until a change of bowlers, a galvanized Ben Sagner was charging in and bowled New Milton’s number three for 31 and dismissing the number five for just 4. Daniel Bailey had bowled well without reward and couldn’t make a break through. Charlie Smith took the ball, and took wickets. Steaming through the middle order whilst providing a plethora of celebrations. Steve Hannibal continued to align himself with the word ‘Unorthodox’ as he managed to miss a catching opportunity and in turn stop a four with his forehead. Drayton then returned but couldn’t find his rhythm, and opted to utilize man of the moment Joshua Bailey. His spin produced an unholy noise from his father - one no child should hear their dad make. Sure enough he picked up wickets, with the resilient Golding caught in the deep by Gallagher, albeit his second chance, and claiming the final wicket through a stumping. New Milton were left all out for 106 as Sway continued their formidable form.  

Joshua Bailey - starred for 3rd XI