SWAY 3rds 170 - 5 FAWLEY 3rds 168 -
Report by Dave "Cowes Corner" Hurrell
Sway 3rds started their league campaign with a home
match at Pennington with Fawley 3rds electing to bat,
however skipper Steve Drayton soon discovered that he
only had 10 players. Chris Morris on his Sway league
debut came to the rescue convincing his wife Jo a new
recruit for the Bluebells team to make her way along.
It was Drayton and Morris ( Chris ) who opened the
bowling with the skipper getting the dangerous John
Church out early well caught by Tom Burton at cover.
Fawley's innings was built around the other opener
Keiran Coxall who with support from Del Headley and
M.Braisher held things together as wickets fell with
some smart catches by Mark Wright at first slip and
Chris Baughan at second slip. Morris in his second spell
finally got Coxall caught behind by stand in keeper Dave
Hurrell for 81, one of 3 catches for Hurrell who also
conceded just 1 bye! To complete a fine fielding display
Alan Lawes ran out Ben Bolton for 13 as Fawley finally
closed on 168 - 9 with Sway unable to pick up maximum
bowling points. Morris was the pick of the bowlers
with 4 - 27 supported by Drayton 2 - 30 Baughan 1 - 33
and Burton with 1 - 35.
Rick How and Fawley legend Kev Glass opened the batting
and after hitting his first ball almost for 6 Glass fell
to Bolton bringing in Lawes at number 3 mostly because
no one else wanted to. Lawes then proceeded to hit the
ball all around the ground making an effortless 66
before falling to L.Perry, which induced a mini collapse
as How's innings ended soon after and Burton and Derek
Seward despite striking some nice boundaries both fell
to S.Gregory and Perry. C.Morris was already in and
looking in good nick and was joined by Drayton and these
two saw Sway safely home with 8 overs to spare with
Morris 30 n.o and Drayton unbeaten on 24.
With a lot of unavailability thanks are due to Derek
Seward and some 4th team colleagues for helping out but
mostly to Jo Morris for turning up at such short notice.