July 2nd 2017

Noble’s terrific ton takes the plaudits

East Woodhay 231ao  Sway  248-7

HANTS COUNTY DIV 2

A MAGNIFICENT unbeaten 127 from Sway’s Tim Noble underpinned a hard fought away win at East Woodhay to cement Sway’s good start to life in county division two.

Having travelled to the picturesque and smallish ground on the Berkshire border, Sway skipper Alex Hall won the toss and opted to bat on a super looking looking batting track.

From the off Noble was composed and aggressive, running extremely well between the wickets and hitting lovely crisp boundaries, his on-drive in particular earning some admiring glances. Normally watchful, Noble, who scored 96 the previous week at Basingstoke, had raced to 50 when 70 was on the board and continued on at a fine pace in the searing heat.

He look assured moving his feet to the spinners, reaching his 100 with a clip down the ground, and walked off not out to applause from his team-mates for his match winning knock.

While Noble was dominating proceedings, batsman at the other end backed him up nicely. Aussie Brock Jeffries (25), Jon Grasham and Alex Hall all added to the score, while Jack Baughan marked his return to the first team with a crisply struck six in his swashbuckling 14. Towards the end of the innings FJ Charton also hit crucial runs as did Oscar Marshall, while Will Millard’s entertaining 25 included two well struck sixes, one back over the bowler’s head
 

In reply Sway knew 248 was a good score but a gettable one for the hosts. They started well in their search for wickets with Steadman and Waller (2-51) combining to reduce East Woodhay to 68-4 in the 16th over.

After that East Woodhay threatened an upset with some good hitting. However, Jeffries showed his spurs bowling, earning the breakthrough when FJ Charton took a smart catch – one of two on the day for him. The Aussie took two wickets in a brilliant spell, while David Marshall fully deserved the scalp he claimed in an highly composed spell.

At the death, with East Woodhay needing 36 off the final three overs Grasham claimed two wickets and the tidy and fiery Steadman (3-34) the final one off the final ball as Sway earned maximum points from a tough fixture. 

Tim Noble - the man in form