May 6th 2017

Captain's knock sways it for CD2 new boys

Bramshaw 251-8 Sway 313-8. Sway won by 62 runs

Hants County 2.

Match report by Jon Waller

A BRILLIANT century from captain Alex Hall and some disciplined bowling by Sway’s attack saw them begin life in County 2 with a solid win against a plucky Bramshaw outfit.

Having won the toss at the picture postcard, but smallish, ground Hall opted to bat first. He opened with Noble and the pair soon set about the hosts toiling attack with turfscorching boundaries.

They had made a terrific start until Tim Noble misjudged a call and ran himself out for 22, while Will Millard and debutant Tom Thorp made good starts but fell to Arnold. Sway’s Aussie Brock Jeffries (17), looked in good touch straight away, unafraid to hit over the top, but fell caught in the deep.

At 90-4 Sway knew they needed someone to stay with Hall, who by now had passed 50 and looked in the mood for runs. That support came in the shape of Oscar Marshall, who mixed some lovely drives with accumulative shots on his way to an accomplished 53 as he and Hall – who by now was really motoring – saw Sway up the tempo.

Every ball Hall faced looked as though it would go to the boundary and he soon went to his hundred, scored at tremendous rate. When he finally fell for 123 with more than 10 overs to go, Sway’s batting depth showed as Jon Grasham (38) and then David Steadman (11 not out), hit some lusty blows and a final boundary from Ben Powis saw Sway comfortably pass the 300 mark off their 45 overs.

Alex Hall - 123 in a captain's innings

In reply Steadman (2-24) gave Sway the perfect start by clean bowling the dangerous Andy Hart, and the strike bowler soon had Streather, who had been lucky to survive a caught behind appeal off Jon Waller, leg before, as the visitors made a great start with the ball.

But Sway had to stay patient thereafter as Bramshaw’s batters remained watchful while hitting the odd big shot. The introduction of Powis (3-68) saw immediate rewards – Marshall taking a terrific catch, while promising leg-spinner Josh Bailey bowled well and took the prime wicket of Booth – well caught by Steadman – who also clutched a chance offered by the bowling of all-rounder Jeffries – who looks a great addition to the side.

In the end Sway’s score proved too much for the hosts – who were always in the game but slightly behind the required rate.

Sway’s strength and depth was demonstrated when Grasham – who bowled sharply and terrifically and was unlucky to only claim one wicket – was reintroduced and saw his last three overs go for just two runs when the hosts needed nine an over.

It proved a very good start for promoted Sway at a dangerous Bramshaw side and they will look to continue their excellent early league form tomorrow (Saturday) at home to Easton & Martyr Worthy.