Sun 24th Jul 2016

Super U9s crowned New Forest champions

 

Old Tauntonians & Romsey 275-3, Sway 291-0

Sway U9s won the new New Forest Junior Cricket Association U9s league title for the second consecutive year in a highly competitive final against OT & Romsey at New Milton.

Sway skipper Olly Marshall won the toss and elected to field first, however, despite some tight bowling including a maiden from Harry West, Freddie P and Freddie C got OT&R off to an excellent start, reaching the end of their 4 overs with 219 on the board. The second pairing saw the pendulum swing towards Sway with two wickets falling – one bowled by Jasper Condon, the second well caught by Condon at mid-wicket off Seth Pickering and as a result the pairing of Matthew D and Sam K were only able to move the score onto 222 at the half-way stage. The third batting pair of Marcus L and Sebastian L proved to be very much honours even  - three boundaries and some excellent running were checked by the loss of a wicket to Harry Allies who at this point had bowled two overs for just 4 runs as OT&R moved the score on to 243. The final OT&R pairing of Harry A and Jack B, however, produced a superb display of batting – adding 32 runs including 6 boundaries to set Sway a very challenging total of 276 to win.

Sway opened their reply with Condon and Allies, the pair batting very sensibly and remaining unbeaten at 222 after their 4 overs. Likewise the second pairing of Tom O’Callahan and Pickering kept their wickets intact against some tight OT&R bowling which was excellent from their entire bowling attack. At the half way stage the game very much hung in the balance - Sway had moved the score on to 235, only slightly ahead of OT&R at the same point. It was the third pairing of Luke Shearer and West that really moved Sway into a potentially winning position. Again there was excellent running, solid defence, no wickets lost and with Shearer hitting three boundaries, the pair were able to move the score on to 266. Sway now required 10 runs from the final 4-over pairing of Marshall and Declan Treacey. Tensions mounted both on and off the field as Sway edged towards, then ahead of the required total. A wicket or two for OR&R would have put them in the driving seat.
Again there was excellent OT&R bowling, from Freddie C in particular (3 overs for just 7 runs), but they were not able to get the breakthrough as Sway’s defence proved resolute as they edged up to, then ahead of the required total. A couple of neatly taken singles in the final over meant that by the time the final ball was bowled, Sway were effectively home & dry allowing the captain the freedom to crash the ball through the covers for a boundary to seal the game in style.

Both sides batted, bowled and fielded superbly but in the end it was Sway’s running between the wickets and resolute batting that gave them the narrowest of edges over the opposition. Many thanks to all the boys that represented the U9s this year and trained so hard, to coach Adam Clark, to the New Forest Junior Cricket Association for organising the league and to New Milton for hosting the final.

Sway are planning to run two U9s teams next season to give more boys and girls a chance to play match cricket and with just 3 of the final team moving up to the U11s, Sway U9s look set to improve further next season.

 

Rear L-R:    Tom O'Callahan, Jasper Condon

Front L-R -    Harry West, Seth Pickering, Harry Allies, Olly Marshall (c), Luke Shearer (w/k) Declan Treacey