23rd Jul 2016
Sway aid promotion tilt with fine away win
Southampton Community 70, Sway 204;
Hants County Div 3 (SOUTH)
Sway gained revenge for their 2015 defeat by comfortably winning what had the potential to be an extremely tricky fixture, mainly thanks to a terrific 61 from Will Millard and a tidy spell from Jon Waller (4-33), which keeps them in the promotion hunt.
Skipper Alex Hall won the toss and opted to bat first on what proved to be an troublesome university wicket that got worse as the day wore on.
Deciding the best way to progress was to hit their shots and run well, Hall (34) and Tim Noble (48), faced an erratic attack which bowled some very good stuff and a few pretty ordinary deliveries. Both batted brilliantly, putting on 78 before Hall perished, which brought Millard to the crease. From the off Millard punished anything full, cutting well and striking the ball nicely as he went to his maiden 50 for the club, runs which in truth were worth far more considering the wicket.
As the innings got towards its conclusion Sway lost a glut of wickets (with five batsman making ducks) on the by now unpredictable surface, going from 172-1 to 195-8.
FJ Charton ensured they got past the 200 mark and there was a nicely struck straight drive from Steve Hannibal before the innings closed.
In reply Sway made a good start when Waller induced an edge, taken in the slips by Charton. The Community batsman were not afraid to play their shots though and the next pair put on 47, with a few bludgeoned boundaries, and there was a terrific diving boundary catch effort from Sam Nailor.
The batting pair were parted when David Steadman got a wicket – aided by a catch from Noble – and Waller took a steepler of a caught and bowled and got his third wicket when the dangerous Community batsman hit a ball straight to Millard. From then on there was a procession as Waller got his fourth thanks to a terrific catch stood up by Hall, and Jon Grasham and Ben Powis entered the fray.
The pacey Grasham took three wickets, all bowled, while Powis had a batsman pop up a catch to Steadman. The end came when the final batsman was run out by some distance.
The win means Sway go up to fourth in the league and today (Saturday) they face third placed Mudeford in what promises to be a hard fought contest and a proverbial promotion 6-pointer.