June 19th 2017
Sway have reached the final of the President’s Cup for the first time in their history after mauling a depleted Fawley side.
A fantastic unbeaten 70 from Tim Noble, who batted all of Sway’s 18 overs, underpinned the visitor’s total after skipper David Steadman had won the toss and opted to bat first. Alex Hall also hit some crushing blows in his 23 and there was good support from Brock Jeffries (11) and Dan Bailey, who hit 25 and ran exceptionally well between the wickets. Noble, who started slowly, gave a terrific demonstration of how building an innings on a difficult wicket can reap rewards in latter overs, his clean hitting enabled Sway to post a daunting 151-4.
In reply Fawley never really got going and suffered a major early blow when their first team overseas star was caught by Sam Nailor off the bowling of Jon Waller for just 4 in the first over. It got worse for the hosts with spinning prodigy Josh Bailey getting two wicket maidens in his first two overs, helped by a good catch by Adam Clark and a stumping by Hall.
From then on the hosts were up against it but they made a good fist of the middle overs, upping the rate and getting over the 100 mark by the end. The breakthrough by Sway came when the excellent Nailor induced an aerial shot that Jeffries clutched, while tight bowling from Steadman, who claimed two wickets at the death, Jeffries and Dan Bailey enabled Sway to win by the comfortable margin of 49 runs.
Tim Noble - superb unbeaten knock