Sat 31st Jul 2016

2nd XI Breakin' rocks in the hot sun

Bournemouth III 267-6, Sway II 89ao

Sway travelled a hot and sticky Chapel Gate looking to to produce an big upset against table topping Bournemouth III. A rock hard looking deck and fast outfield confronted stand-in skipper Adam Clark who on winning the toss, elected to bowl first. An unwritten rule of cricket is to bat first in such conditions - Clark fought the law, and the law won! In truth against such opposition the gamble of picking up quick wickets with the new ball was possibly worth the risk.

In the event, the ball stayed new for about 2 overs as Sway opened their attack with the pace of George Lewis (7-1-40-0) and the spin of Nathan David (10-0-34-0). Both bowled well without really getting much of a sniff of a breakthrough, just a couple of balls that fell into gaps in the outfield as Bournemouth openers Asad and Hale settled in for a long innings. The pair had moved the score onto 70 before Hale holed out to an excellent catch by Henry Marden off brother Lewis Marden (8-0-60-1). As the dismissed batsman bizarrely got into his car and drove off, Asad was joined by the experienced looking Sud who after a circumspect start was soon into his groove. Opener Asad was bowled for 33 by Michael Allport with the score on 104 and Sway hopes were raised further  when just a few overs later number 4 Lawson was caught behind by Clark again off Allport  (7-0-53-2). This however merely brought Harry Weal to the crease and along with Sud, the pair were soon dispatching the ball to all parts and the Sway bowlers and fielders toiled in the hot sun.

Sway 2nds toiling away in the afternoon heat!

A 107 run partnership saw the score accelerate away to 233 on the 38th over before Weal was caught on the boundary by David off the bowling of Dave Marshall for a fine 70. Sud was also out to Marshall (10-0-70-2) towards the end - LBW for a fine 67 however, the handy looking A Butt and J Aktins plundered another 27 runs at the death as the home side finished up on a challenging total of 276-6.

If Sway were hoping that the home side were "a batting side", these hopes were dashed pretty quickly as the Bournemouth  attack of Liam Keogh (7-0-27-0) and D Parmar (5-0-24-0) were in no mood to cut Sway any slack as the Sway opening pairing of Adam Clark and Ryan Drayton found it tough going. Drayton in particular struggled, taking an impressive 26 balls to get off the mark, however, he did not get out and with Clark a the other end looking in good nick, Sway were still in the game at 55-0 after 15 overs, only 17 runs behind where the home side were at the same stage. Sway were going to have to raise the scoring rate but the Bournemouth change bowlers of Shambeel and Kitson proved hard to get away and when Drayton was bowled by Shambeel for 14, the Sway ship began to take on water fast and was probably fatally holed when Clark was bowled by Shambeel for a classy 38 runs. Rick How was trapped LBW by Kitson for zero, whilst last week's hero Chris Hammond was a zero this week, albeit very unfortunate to get a shooter off Shambeel on a wicket that was starting to misbehave. George Lewis nicked one through to the keeper and then a quadruple selection of quackers was complete when Henry Marden was LBW off Kitson. Will Baughan and Dave Marshall attempted to hang around for a few overs to see what happens but that tactic did not work for long a the misbehaving sea-end did for Marshall, bowled by Shambeel (8-2-13-4). Kitson (6-1-20-5) claimed the wickets of David and Lewis Marden to complete his 5-wicket haul and Sway's race was run when Baughan was bowled by Butt for a belligerent 12 as Sway subsided to 89ao. 

So a sound beating for Sway administered by by far the best side encountered this season. Nevertheless, the team all worked very hard and should be pleased that they were still very much in the game until the three quarter mark.