July 8th 2017

Pairís top effort almost  gets Sway over the line

Sway  192-9 Fair Oak  205-8

Hants County Div 2

A BATTLING partnership between Tim Noble and David Steadman almost got Sway over the line against a strong Fair Oak outfit, but the hosts slipped to a sobering defeat.

Sway had been well up against it at 54-5 off 20 overs and chasing 206 to win, but Noble, who is in the form of his life, and Steadman both notched fifties.

Noble batted conservatively at the start in the face of accurate bowling and kept his head exceptionally well as wickets fell around him. When Steadman joined him the pair ran well and upped the ante when needed.

With 42 needed off the last five overs, both perished going for big shots. Noble made an excellent 76 and Steadman 54, including two huge sixes.

But despite the best efforts of Jack Baughan and Josh Bailey, Sway could not quite get the runs required and ended up short against the visitors, who were second from bottom going into the game and put out their strongest side of the season.

Earlier in the day Sway bowled and fielded well. Steadman, with two early scalps, and Jon Waller had reduced Fair Oak to 30-3 off 15 overs to put the hosts well in the ascendency.

A highlight of the opening overs saw Will Millard nonchalantly pull off a stunning catch to dismiss Mitch Le Tissier, son of Southampton football legend Matt, off Wallerís bowling.

But in the middle overs Fair Oak pair James Tod and Phil Smith played well, hitting half centuries. Ben Powis (2-48), performed well against his old side, while Josh Baileyís tidy spell saw him claim a wicket through a stumping by skipper Alex Hall. Aussie Brock Jeffries performed very well again with the ball, taking two wickets, one aided by Steadmanís safe pair of hands on the boundary.