Sat 31st Jul 2016

Sterling Attapatu knock but Sway just fall short

Sway 167 Mudeford 185-9;

Hants County Div 3 (South)

Report by Jon Waller

A fantastic unbeaten 87 from Nilantha Attapatu was not quite enough to get Sway over the line against local rivals Mudeford.

The Sri Lankan’s brilliant knock included three towering sixes and seven fours, all sweetly struck, but he gradually ran out of partners, having batted for more than two hours.

He had entered the fray with Sway at 40-2. The home side had made a good start chasing 186 with Alex Hall (23) and Tim Noble (16) looking relatively comfortable. But when the pair were separated in quick succession and soon followed by Will Millard, Sway were on the back foot and never quite recovered.

Along the way there were good battling efforts from Sam Nailor, and FJ Charton (17) but some soft dismissals and a run out did not help matters. Five Sway batsmen were given out leg before wicket during the chase. Prior to tea there had been no dismissals of that nature.

The day had begun with Mudeford opting to bat first on a belter of a wicket having won the toss. The visitors made a decent start to reach the first drinks interval at 60 for no loss. The breakthrough came from Nailor (2-27), Jack Baughan taking a good catch, before Nailor claimed a second scalp when Jon Waller sprinted round to take a terrific boundary catch.

Throughout the innings Mudeford went at around four an over, with periods of calm broken by a relatively big over. For Sway, Attapatu did a great job with the ball – taking 4-36. Ben Powis bowled very well and was hugely unlucky to go wicketless, while Waller (1-54) and David Steadman (1-32) were the other wicket takers. In the field, Sway, who boasted returning Sway legend Terry Steadman in their ranks, performed well. Hall took a fantastic one handed catch behind the stumps and ran out a batsman with an excellent pick up and throw but in the end Mudeford just got a few too many.

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