June 3rd 2017

Last chance saloon at the Copa-Kavanagh

Sway 4th XI- 162- 9          Cadnam 3rd XI    165-5

Report by Nick Brien

On a bright and warm day Derek Seward’s 4th XI returned to Pennington for the third time within the last four games. They faced a strong Cadnam team but were hoping today might be the day their luck changed.

Seward like many leaders gone before him in world history promised change and in this case he delivered by winning the toss and electing to bat on a Pennington strip which looked firmer than ever. Seward opened the batting alongside Mark Wright as Sway got their innings underway. The pair made a very cautious start but to their credit absorbed some early pressure from the new ball bowlers. Mark Wright (8) would be the first to go after he was clean bowled by a straight one after he had seen the home team off to a reasonable start. Hammy Kavanagh came in at 3 for his last innings with the bat of his short but exciting 4th team stint but wouldn’t stay long after he gloved one straight up in the air whilst in the process of trying to give the Sway innings some impetus. Older brother Cameron Kavanagh came to the crease next and it was apparent good hand eye coordination is all part and parcel of being a Kavanagh as Cameron moved through the gears promptly as Sway’s innings finally began to take shape. He would eventually depart though for a quick fire and very useful 42 to leave the home team in better shape. Nick Brien then joined Derek Seward who was still defiantly staying put at the crease. Brien raced off to a good start but would shortly fall for 14. Seward’ s stay would also be cut shorter than he would have liked after the skipper top edged one to see him out for a well made 35. There were a few contributions down the order from Sway including a new personal best of 13 for Duncan Savage but no more significant big scores. Sway would finish on 162 at the end of their 42 overs which would mean they would have to be on fire in the field.

Sway opened up the bowling with James Howard and Hammy Kavanagh who both looked to expose the cracks and blind spots in the crumbling pitch. Both bowled well up front but remained fruitless as both Cadnam opening batsmen Wright-Green and Godfrey started brightly. The pair began to take the game away from Sway and it wouldn’t be until much later that Sway’s first wicket would arrive after Sway youngster Marlo Holden produced a fantastic bit of fielding (not for the first time either) to have Wright-Green run out for an emphatic 73. The wicket seemed to have really inspired Sway as they began to build some pressure and really asked questions of Cadnam. There were a couple of bright cameos with the ball too from David ‘The Wild’ West and Ollie Smith with the latter capturing the wicket of Godfrey (35) with a dead straight delivery. Despite a very good display of energetic fast bowling from Cameron Kavanagh which included three very good wickets two of which were well held behind by Seward the total just wasn’t enough as Cadnam finished the job with a firmly struck boundary.

So another tough loss for the 4th team today who undeniably look a much more competitive team now but unfortunately have not been able to grind out any wins yet. Added to this the 4ths must also bid farewell to Hammy Kavanagh whose brief stay has been both bizarre and entertaining. Nevertheless the 4th team have had to say goodbye to many heroes before and the squad still remains good enough to move away from its morbid history -  it just requires someone to stand up and become a match winner.