Sat 27th August 2016
Woodgreen 53, Sway 267-3 - Sway won by 214 runs
Hants County Div 3 (South)
A stunning performance when it counted by Sway, underpinned by a superb 237-run opening stand by Alex Hall and Tim Noble – who both scored hundreds – saw them beat a depleted Woodgreen and finish the season second in the table. Sway’s huge win, coupled with a surprise loss by Follands, meant Sway were catapulted into the second automatic promotion spot and appear set to play next year in Hampshire County Division Two for the first time in the club’s history.
Hall won the toss and opted to bat first on a pitch that proved tricky initially for the openers. Noble survived the early period though, and he and Hall opened up gradually, both hitting some turfscortching boundaries as they grew more confident. The skipper was first to his fifty and, later, his century, batting at a 93 strike rate throughout. Noble was the more sedate of the pair but did hit the only six of the innings, pulling a full toss into an adjacent field
As the pair batted on records tumbled. They set a new mark for the highest opening first team partnership and both notched their 500th run of the season, a fantastic achievement. But as is often the case when one wicket fell another did straight away – FJ Charton bowled first ball after Hall finally perished for a terrific 113. David Steadman (9) and Will Millard (four not out) added a few runs before the tea break, both accompanying Noble, who batted exceptionally well in the heat for 45 overs to make an unbeaten 120.
After the interval a buoyant Sway knew they needed quick wickets and Jon Waller (4-32) duly obliged, the first falling after Neil Prince took a tremendous one handed catch.
When Noble snaffled a hard chance at gully off Waller, Woodgreen were staring down the barrel at 6-2, and it got worse when Steadman (1-8) got his reward, bowling the number three batsman. It did not get any easier for the hosts as Ben Powis entered the fray. During a terrific spell the paceman showed all of his class to claim 4-11 and go past 30 wickets for the season, aided by catches by Hall and another great grab by Prince.
As the contest petered out it became a case of whether Powis could get a five-for or John Grasham the final wicket, and the latter won out as Sway won by a huge margin.
Special mention must go to Oscar Marshall and Jack Baughan who more than played their parts in the field at Woodgreen and also, what ultimately turned out to be, a successful season.
BR L-R: Will Millard, Neil Prince, Jack Baughan, David Steadman, Ben Powis, F-J Charton, Andy Lee, Oscar Marshall
FR L-R: Jon Grasham, Alex Hall (c), Tim Noble, Jon Waller
John Waller — Reporter
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