May 20th 2017
Sway 4ths squeezed out by Hyde
Hyde 2’s 233- 7 Sway 4’s 163 all out
Report by Nick Brien
On a day which looked to be in jeopardy early on due to the weather Derek Sewards 4th XI returned to Pennington for the second home game in as many weeks. On paper the 4ths boasted a slightly stronger team than the week before with a few more experienced players returning to the starting XI.
Seward once gain won the toss and elected to bowl on a day when the gloomy conditions above looked to favour Sway’s seam-dominant bowling attack. Sway opened up with the experience of James Howard aka Dapper (38-1 off 10) and the youth of Ollie Smith (33-0 off 4) both of whom were knocked about a bit early on until Howard produced a peach to dislodge the off stump of S. Loader for 8. Sway then introduced new man Colin Crosthwaite (29-1 off 10) who bowled with good pace and extracted a bit of movement from the elements; he would eventually dismiss the other Hyde opener Hollbrook one run shy of the half century mark after a very handy innings. However with Hyde well positioned for a big score Seward turned to the tried and tested partnership of Hammy Kavanagh (67-2 off 10) and Nick Brien (2- 39 off 7) and it didn’t take long for the pair to come good, Kavanagh first getting rid of Turner for 6 after the batsman chopped on a full delivery, before Brien dismissed both the dangerous Ingham for 28 and then the diverse Kinnison for 36 after both batsmen were beaten in the flight to see their stumps disturbed. Kavanagh would then produce a good throw to have Shutler out for 34 before claiming the final wicket of the 4ths innings when he held on to a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Tuddingham. This would see Hyde finish on a solid total of 233 after, in bizarre circumstances, skipper Derek Seward refused to take the bails off to run the Hyde batsman out despite being half way down the pitch! This left Sway with just the 3 bowling points but a very do-able run chase providing the 4ths didn’t lose their way.
After a lovely tea provided by Mrs Seward Sway commenced their reply with the new opening partnership of newcomer Colin Crosthwaite and big hitting Tony Owen. The pair got off to a flyer with both men timing the ball to all parts. Unfortunately it wasn’t to last though as Hyde bowler Roe brought Crosthwaite’s brilliant debut to an unfortunate end after he was out LBW for a rapid 21. In typical fashion Owen lived by the sword but would also eventually die by it when he found himself next to go for a very entertaining 28. This brought in red-hot hero Hammy Kavanagh who unfortunately was not able to repeat last week’s heroics after he knicked off to slip to present Roe with his second wicket. Nick Brien then came in at four and started brightly putting the Hyde bowlers under pressure. He would be joined briefly by skipper Seward who was bowled for 5 after looking to impose himself on the opposition. Chairman Chris Baughn would give the Sway innings some momentum after striking a set of lovely boundaries including the innings only six! Unfortunately though he would depart for 22 after being well held behind by the keeper. Mark Wright may count himself unlucky once more after copping another low one to see himself depart for no score. However this brought in Freddy Pearson who played in a lovely positive manner and was not afraid to use his feet and hit over the top.
Despite all these positive contributions the overall task at hand was becoming harder and harder as the overs went on with Hyde deciding the only way to seal the game would be to play defensively and dry Sway’s runs up. It may not have been pretty but it was very effective as almost every man was sent to the boundary to slow down Brien’s form and consequently kill the game off. Brien would eventually go for a well-made 42 after edging behind to the keeper. Youngster Freddy Pearson showed why he is a star of the future with a very enterprising 31 before it was left to Smith senior and junior at the end to try and smack a final few lusty blows. Unfortunately the task at hand was just too great with Hyde sealing the deal and securing a healthy 70 run win.
Not the result the 4ths would have liked but there is no denying they are starting to look more competitive and hopefully a win next week should see them set for a good season.
Freddie Pearson - fine knock of 31