|Sat 9th Jul 2016
Sway 2’s Give Opposition a good ‘Hyde-ing’
Sway II 213ao, Hyde I 130ao
Report by Nick Brien
After a few disappointing results in recent games it was imperative that Sway 2’s returned to winning ways if they wanted any chance of a solid finish. Sway won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a flat pitch - something which could help the hosts resurrect their batting woes.
Sway opened up with the usual pairing of Stevenson and Nailor who got off to a good start with a flourish of early boundaries, Nailor in particular timing the ball nicely. However it would eventually be Nailor who would depart first for a quick 18. Stevenson followed shortly after eventually losing his battle with right arm quick Ned Thomas for 15. This brought Ryan Drayton and Barry Jones together and the new pair kept the board ticking with some lovely correct shots from Drayton and sheer power from Jones. Drayton looked his comfortable self at the crease before departing for a charismatic 25. Vito Falso was next to the party and he along with Jones produced the key partnership of the match after both batsmen produced big shots all around the ground to see their team move towards the 200 mark. Jones continued the onslaught bringing up his half century but was out shortly after for a game changing 63. Not long after Falso brought up a 50 of his own showing that he can be a thorn in any team’s side perishing eventually for a destructive 62. Quick cameos from the Bourne brothers would eventually see Sway finish on 214 - a total the 2’s would have been relieved to see after a tough first half to the season with bat in hand.
Hyde knew they would have to be on top form to chase down this total and would need a promising start from their openers. Sway would also need a good start from their new opening pair if they wanted to secure the victory. Cue Nathan David who produced the third standout performance from the team with a game changing first spell which included 4 wickets amongst them both openers. This was followed shortly by batsmen three and four who both departed for 0 to see Sway firmly in the driving seat. There were wickets also for Dave Marshall and young prodigy Michael Allport after both bowlers produced economical spells. However it was then up to Hyde number 7 Jack Renshaw to produce the surprise performance of the day blasting a emphatic 67 after he pummelled the Sway bowlers all over creating much anxiety among the Sway camp who thought they had the game wrapped up. So it came as a great relief when he was eventually removed by left arm quick Sam Nailor to see Sway winners of a game they had dominated for most of the day.