Sat 20th August 2016

Promotion chasing Sway see off rivals Bransgore


Hants County Div 3 (South)

Report by Jon Waller

A highly decent all-round team performance saw Sway beat a good Bransgore side but they will require maximum points in their final game to give themselves a good shot at automatic promotion.

Having won the toss, Sway opted to bat knowing they needed 225 to secure maximum batting bonus points. They got off to a bad start with openers Tim Noble and Alex Hall out early, but there followed an excellent partnership between Nilantha Attapatu (67) and Will Millard (42), who were steady initially before flourishing into some big shots.

After Millard departed, Attapatu, who hit a massive six in his innings, was joined by teenager Oscar Marshall, who showed maturity beyond his years in a scintillating knock of 53, one shot a six over extra cover definitely in with a shout for the best one of the day.

Oscar Marshall - fine half centrury... 

In the final overs David Steadman (19), kept the scoreboard ticking along before Jack Baughan (11), saw Sway over the 200 mark with a couple of huge trademark blows. The visitors bowled well, with Ed Page, his brother Jem, Ed Wright, skipper Chay Fox and Jo Ranger sharing round the wickets.

After tea Bransgore got off to a measured start were behind the rate, with Rouse the first out when he hit Jon Waller (1-18) to Steadman.

With Bransgore 52-1 at drinks, the visitors knew they needed to up the rate but that played into the hands of Sway, with the pacey and accurate bowling of Attapatu, Jon Grasham and Ben Powis snaffling up the wickets. Attapatu (3-28) and Powis (3-34), both bowled excellently, helped by two catches for Millard, another for Steadman and FJ Charton as well as a run out

With Bransgore nine down in the 45th over, Grasham returned to get the important last wicket of Ranger, securing 23 points for Sway. For Bransgore Jem Page batted well for his 67.

With Sway third, just 0.08 points off second placed Follands and 0.36 points ahead of fourth placed Ferndown Wayfarers, the battle to finish second and secure promotion to Hants County Division Two will go down to the wire in the final round of games today (Saturday). Sway travel up to Woodgreen - a fixture which in recent years has seen some real ding dong battles between the two teams.