May 6th 2017

Sway 3rds lay down the Laws


SWAY  3rds   170 - 5 FAWLEY  3rds   168 - 9

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.