July 17th 2017

Magnificent Powis’ four in four propels Sway to win

Totton II 126, Sway 223

Hants County Div Two.

The sight of Ben Powis, arms in the air and running around the Southern Gardens square after he had sent the stumps cartwheeling to take his fourth wicket in four balls, will live long in the memory of his Sway team mates. Powis’ first over had been hit about by Totton’s experienced batsman Nigel Bungay and Sway thought there might be a real run chase on with the hosts 123-5 with 20 overs left. But first ball of his second over Powis, a university lecturer, induced Bungay to sky the ball to Neil Prince. They were only six down, but little did Totton know it was almost time to start their cars.

Next ball Powis bowled the number eight batsman with an absolute beauty, another snorter had the next man in plumb in front for his hat-trick and an absolute corker cleaned bowled the number 10, to the jubilation of his team mates. A few overs later and he grabbed the last scalp, aided by a smart catch from Aussie Brock Jeffries, to finish with fantastic figures of 5-15.

Powis’ terrific performance followed a good start by Sway with the ball. Jon Waller (3-36) – helped by catches by Powis and David Steadman, bowled well, while Steadman made the first breakthrough early on. Josh Bailey also claimed a good wicket when Prince expertly held on.

Earlier in the day Sway batted first under cloudy skies at the picturesque ground, with Jeffries impressing by notching his first half century for the club. He made 58 and was brutal on anything overpitched, hitting one straight six over the bowler’s head. Most of the order chipped in with runs, Oscar Marshall making 18, Prince 23 and skipper Alex Hall 12. But Sway had threatened to squander their decent start, falling to 130-5 with 14 overs left.

They were able to get to what turned out to be a very competitive score mostly due to the efforts of Steadman, who made 39, and Jack Baughan, who blasted a highly impressive 30. Both batsman ran very well and smashed large sixes in their innings.

Ben Powis - 4 wickets in 4 balls