June 11th 2017

Grasham too hot to handle as 1st XI roar back

BOURNEMOUTH II 134, SWAY 135-7

Hants County Div 2

Report by Jon Waller, Lymington Times

An outstanding bowling and fielding display, backed up by some solid batting performances saw Sway over the line against a decent Bournemouth side. The hosts won the toss and opted to bat on a good looking wicket but found the going tough against Sway’s accurate opening new ball pairing of David Steadman and Jon Waller.

The breakthrough came from the fiery Jon Grasham – fresh from captaining the Navy team at the Inter Services championship on the hallowed turf of Lords – as the hosts crawled to 50-1 at drinks and struggled to make 75 by 30 overs. From then on Bournemouth limped home, finding the going tough against Sway’s five pronged attack and an excellent, sharp fielding display – which was typified by Grasham claiming a brilliant run out while fielding his own bowling.

Of the bowlers Grasham was the stand out and his pacey, bouncy and accurate spell of 4-12 off eight overs was one of his best for Sway for some time and highly deserved. He was backed up by Ben Powis, who claimed a terrific 3-28, and two wickets from the ever accurate Steadman. Josh Bailey was unlucky not to get a scalp but bowled well and conceded just 28 off his eight excellent overs.

In reply Sway suffered a disastrous start, losing Brock Jeffries and Will Millard to deliveries neither could do much about. Tom Thorp joined Tim Noble and the pair settled any nerves, with Thorp looking assured at the crease, but when he was caught for 11 Sway were 32-3. With the game poised skipper Alex Hall and Noble batted very well, taking the contest beyond Bournemouth. Noble hit some lovely, crisp on-drives on his way to 51 and when he was out with 101 on the board and more than 15 overs to go Sway’s victory looked a mere formality.

Credit to Bournemouth though, they kept trying and caused Sway jitters towards the end by claiming the wickets of Grasham (12), Steadman and FJ Charton. In the looming darkness the away side claimed the win with three overs to go, Hall’s unbeaten captain’s knock of 34 proving crucial. 

Jon Grasham - in devastating form