Sat 6th August 2016

Noble shepherds Sway to win

Sway 119-4, Bashley III 118

Hants County Div 3 (SOUTH)

A highly decent bowling and fielding display, coupled with an assured unbeaten 43 from Tim Noble, ensured Sway overcame a potentially tricky fixture against a Bashley outfit that boasted players with Southern Electric experience.

Having lost the toss in brilliant sunshine Sway were asked to bowl. Davis Steadman started well and was unlucky not to claim a wicket, while Jon Waller (1-27) got the first breakthrough when he bowled the dangerous looking Ryan Taylor, who had already carted a six into the nets.  Just two balls later and Anstey was sent packing when a throw by Ben Powis was brilliantly turned onto the stumps by Will Millard to run out the batsman, reducing Bashley to 24-2.

From then on the scoring was sedate by the visitors, trying to rebuild in the face of some hostile bowling by Jon Grasham and Powis. The pair proved too hot to handle, Grasham inducing Graham Pardy to edge behind and Powis bowling Jonny Bettle. Both Grasham and Powis bowled tremendous spells, the former claiming 2-13 off his ten overs and Powis getting 3-24, including at one point being on a hat-trick. Powis’ wickets included Lawrence Drake, who occupied the crease for some time in compiling 42 before popping up a catch to Millard.

As the innings entered its final stages Bashley were 74-8, but Nick Clark entered the fray and gave the score a little more respectability, hitting an unbeaten 26. Nila Attapatu (3-14) ensured Bash were not going to get towards a score that would prove near enough, however.

In reply Sway lost ‘skipper Alex Hall early when he edged Clark behind, but Millard and Noble eased any nerves, the former in particular looking to push the score along quickly. When Millard (16) went for one shot too many Attapatu came to the crease. After surviving a run out appeal the Sri Lankan hit some nice shots on his way to 17 before being involved in an unfortunate mix-up with Noble and being run out. Oscar Marshall was unlucky to get a decent ball from Clark and nick behind, leaving Sway 80-4.

Tim Noble - crucial knock

But that was as good as it got for the visitors, who bowled well. FJ Charton came to the crease and, with Sam Nailor waiting in the wings, hit an unbeaten 23 as he and Noble shepherded the hosts home with 12 overs to spare.