May 13th 2017

Dominant 1st XI put Easton to the sword

Hants County Div 2

Sway 88-3, Easton & Martyr Worthy 87. Sway won by 7 wickets

Report by Jon Waller
 

A TERRIFIC all-round bowling performance from a dominant Sway outfit saw them comfortably see off the challenge of Easton & Martyr Worthy in their first home game.

From the outset Sway’s opening bowlers David Steadman (2-14) and Jon Waller (3-25) put the pressure on, and their tight lines and discipline paid off handsomely. Steadman made the initial breakthrough, clean bowling the opener and knocking back the middle stump.

The second wicket came when young prospect Josh Bailey brilliantly threw down the stumps for a run out and a buoyant Sway stamped their authority on the game – with three sharp catches in the slips off Waller, two taken by Tom Thorp and another by Tim Noble.

Steadman and Waller’s combined figures of 5-39 off their 20 overs left Easton reeling, and if the visitors thought it would get easier they were wrong, as Sway’s bowling depth showed.

Leg-spinner Bailey (1-14) showed great control and maturity and claimed a much deserved wicket when Ben Powis clutched a chance. Powis himself was introduced and bowled a great spell, beating the bat on numerous occasions and was very unlucky not to claim a wicket. There was a second run out – again by Bailey after another Easton mix-up.

Easton’s tail did not wag a great deal as the final two wickets were swiftly claimed by two snorters from the pacey Jon Grasham (2-17). Sway were sharp in the field, with excellent work by all, including Oscar Marshall at point.

In response Sway positively set about chasing down the small total, with openers Tim Noble and Alex Hall running well and hitting the odd bad ball to the boundary. The pair put on 51 for the first wicket and were relatively comfortable until last week’s centurion Hall edged behind for 28.

Will Millard looked good at the crease with Noble and appeared set to see Sway home until disaster struck when Millard was run out when Sway were on 85.

Noble (43) then edged to the slips, bringing together Thorp and Australian Brock Jeffries, the pair getting a single each as Sway won by seven wickets.

 

David Steadman & Jon Waller - 5 wickets for 39 runs off 20 overs!