|Sat 16th Jul 2016
Sway’s Powis prevails over formidable Ferndown
Five wickets for Ben Powis made the difference for Sway as they defended a par score against a strong Ferndown team.
After winning the toss, skipper Alex Hall opted to bat first on a good track. However, it didn’t start as planned as both Tim Noble (0) and Sam Nailor (7) had their off-stump pumped out the ground by the Ferndown opening Bowler, Stammas. And after Nilanthu Attapatu (16) was caught, Sway found themselves 54-3 off 17 overs. With such a shaky start, it was up to David Steadman and opener Alex Hall to steady the ship, which they did, with Hall effortlessly making his way to 50. But when Steadman (27) was caught, Sway had reached 129-4. Will Millard batted well for his 16 alongside Hall who continued to play some excellent stroke shots before he was bowled for a superb innings of 86. Sway needed a good end to the innings and FJ Charton (29*) and Jack Baughan (19*) duly obliged, smashing the ball out the park with some huge six’s, raising Sway’s innings to a respectable but beatable 218.
In reply, Ferndown got off to a flyer, scoring 47-0 off 10, with regular boundaries making it difficult for Steadman (10-1-2-62) and Grasham (10-1-0-51) to find any rhythm. After 10 overs, Hall made two bowling changes. Powis responded by taking two key wickets, one of which was an outstanding catch from Grasham. Attapatu (10-2-1-21) bowled very tightly from the other end which meant that Ferndown found themselves 72-4 at drinks. However, Ferndown fought back with Dunham scoring 43 (let off by a terrible drop catch from David Steadman) and Baines, who batted well for his 45. But thanks to that man Powis, Ferndown were always struggling to keep with the run rate. He bowled aggressively and took the big wickets at important times, meaning that Ferndown finished 17 short on 201-8 and Powis finished with excellent figures of (10-2-5-29).