Sat 27th August 2016

3rd's finish superb season on a high

SWAY III 155 - 8, BASHLEY V 152

Sway 3rds wound up their season with a hard fought 2 wicket win over Bashley 5ths at Pennington, unfortunately ending up in 3rd place in the League just a couple of points short of top spot.

Bashley won the toss and elected to bat opening with Max Clark and Jack Harris, Clark hitting Steve Drayton for 2 early fours before the Sway skipper got his revenge clean bowling him for 8. Andy Davey came in at number 3 but found scoring runs off Ben Sanger as difficult as had Harris with Sanger reeling off 5 successive maidens before Harris was caught for 9 by Daniel Bailey in the covers. Sanger pulled up lame in his final over ending with 1 - 8 off of 9.3 overs and it was Charlie Smith who bowled Davey for 15 leaving Bashley on 36 - 3 at halfway. The middle order finally got the scoreboard moving with Martin Hayward-Cox, Sam Shean and Tom Hayward-Cox all getting in but falling to the returning Drayton and Joshua Bailey before Keith Manning 30 not out got Bashley past 150 with Drayton ending up with 5 - 49 with Steve Hannibal's cool fielding accounting for the run out of last man D.Anderson.

Pete Bennet and Jim Metcalfe got Sway away to a brisk start making 32 off the first 6 overs before Bennet on 25 ( 1 six and 4 fours ) was caught behind off of Daniel Hart and when Rick How was well caught by Chloe Ann Anderson in the same over Sway were stopped in their tracks. Metcalfe was then adjudged lbw to T.Hayward-Cox followed soon after by both Bailey twins and the in form Smith and Sway were in trouble at 65 - 6 with Hart and Hayward-Cox having 3 wickets apiece. Excellent batting from Henry Marden and Steve Hannibal then got Sway back in contention as they added 55 runs together in just 10 overs before Hannibal was out to Manning for a well made 18. Dave Hurrell joined Marden who having made an effortless 35 then mistook Hurrell for Usain Bolt and being sent back was run out just short of his ground. Drayton came in at number 10 and with plenty of overs in hand these two experienced players saw Sway safely home with Hurrell 11 not out and Drayton unbeaten on 15.