June 3rd 2017

Locks Heath unpicked

Sway 123-2, Locks Heath 122; Sway won by 8 wickets

HANTS COUNTY DIV 2

Some accomplished bowling and catching helped Sway get back to winning ways and brush aside Locks Heath. The visitors won the toss and opted to bat on what looked to be an excellent wicket. But in the face of accurate bowling they played some poor shots and ended with a below par score. David Steadman (2-17) bowled a terrific opening spell that set the tone for the hosts, with Jon Waller (2-31) also in the wickets – one of his scalps helped by a terrific slip catch by Tom Thorp.

But the most successful bowler was Josh Bailey (4-35), who bowled with guile and flight and was helped by some good catching by Neil Prince – who took a steepler in the deep – and Thorp, who took three catches in all. There was also a stumping by skipper Alex Hall. Struggling at 80-8, Locks Hath gain some respectability with late order hitting until Ben Powis (2-24), cleaned up the last two wickets. Jon Grasham started off the innings well, while Aussie Brock Jeffries was sharp in the field.


In reply Sway got off to a comfortable start through Hall and Tim Noble, the pair looking good on the front foot and punishing any bad balls. They had put on 58 when Hall went for 28, but there was no let up for Locks Heath with Prince’s arrival at the crease increasing the scoring. Sway were coasting home and had nearly got the required total when Noble fell lbw for 45.

It was left to Prince – unbeaten on 23, and Will Millard, who was unbeaten on 8, to see Sway home with more than 18 overs to spare. 

Joshua Bailey  - in action v Locks Heath