Sat 23rd Jul 2016


SWAY IV   177 - 8 HORDLE VILLAGE   176  -  6

Hordle and Sway played out a close and thrilling local derby at Pennington Rec which went right down to the final ball.

Batting first Hordle struggled for runs as James Howard and Andy Hillyar bowled out their 10 overs finishing with excellent figures of 1-25 and 1-26 respectively as Hordle reached 67 - 2 at the halfway point. Harry Girling and Mac Gill both made 23 runs each before David West caught and bowled Girling and James Marshall bowled Gill. Marshall followed this up by having Steve Williams caught at mid wicket by Steve Willson and went on to bowl a superb spell of 2-15 as the visitors tried to up the run rate. Former Sway skipper Pete Hammett played assuredly and finished up on 40 not out with James Symons assisted by a very good one-handed Marshall catch in the deep getting Charles Baker out.  Mention also for young Freddie Pearson who bowled tidily on his league debut. Greg Steeds helped Hammett to put on an unbeaten 32 for the 7th wicket as Hordle closed on 176 - 6, the only downside for Sway were the 40 extras conceded.

Sway captain Derek Seward and Willson opened for Sway before Williams bowled Wilson with a delivery that could not really have kept lower bringing in Howard up the order as he had to leave early. Seemingly unaffected by any altitude sickness, Dapper hit 3 nice boundaries before he was bowled by Baker (1-25). A further 3 wickets then fell to Gill and Joe Webb leaving Sway in trouble at 84 - 5 in the 26th over. Seward was now joined by Reece Owen in what was a vital partnership for the 6th wicket. The styles could not have been more contrasting - think Tavare v Afridi however they were both equally effecting. Seward made his way sedately to his first half century for Sway whilst Owen wheeled out his guns plundering 60 runs in just 36 balls with 3 fours and 5 sixes, to also record his first Sway half centur
y. Derek and Reece with 76 runs have replaced Joe Rodway and Tony Owen as 4th team 6th wicket partnership holders.

Mike Race had joined the attack and was enjoying a good spell - he bowled Owen and then Symons who had just struck a boundary and at the end of the penultimate over Sway needed 5 to win with Seward joined in the middle by Will Holyhead. Webb had the dubious honour of bowling the final over in which Seward scored a 2 off the first ball but pulled a muscle bringing in Pearson as a runner [sounds a bit dodgy surely! - Ed.], another 2 to level the scores and a dot ball followed before Seward's marathon effort was ended as Webb clean bowled him for 61. With the scores level Hillyar came in amid palpable tension. The Hordle fielders closed in and nerves were shredded even further when the penultimate ball was missed. Hilyar however kept his cool to hit the final ball ove the heads of the Hordle infield to win a great game of cricket against our good friends from down the road.

Derek Seward - maiden 50 for Sway