July 17th 2017

Dominant U16s into cup final!

U16s reach cup final with Jekyll & Hyde performance

Hyde 149-5 (18 overs) Sway 150-1

Sway U16s reached the final of the New Forest JCA U16 Cup with a performance of huge contrasts of good and bad at Jubilee Field. They won the toss & asked the visitors to set a total to chase and then proved far too generous as hosts. Their bowling was good and straight with no wides bowled in 18 overs, wicketkeeping by skipper Tom Burton was also excellent with just 1 bye conceded, but the fielders failed to support their bowlers with some feeble ground fielding leaking runs and calamitous catching as six chances were put down. Hyde's openers James Turner and Jack Musselwhite each accepted the lives and runs they were gifted and retired with 40s. Alex Turner then came to the party and did the same so that they were 96-1 off 10 overs. Sway's Josh Bailey (4-0-25-1) and Bradley Balcombe (4-0-29-2) eventually managed to stem the flow of runs as Sway gave themselves a glimmer of a chance in keeping the Hyde score under 150..... just.

The Sway top order knew that they had to deliver to give their team a chance, and they did just that. The opening pair of Daniel and Joshua Bailey had put on 64 in 6 overs when Josh retired with 40 off 20 balls. That brought Tom Burton to the wicket to keep the momentum going and he and Dan took the score rapidly to 105 off 10 overs when Dan retired with 40 off 29 balls. Tom soon followed him back in the hutch retiring with 40 off 21 balls. That left Freddie Pearson and Ollie Smith to get Sway over the line requiring 11 runs off 4 overs. But Hyde had saved their top bowlers for the death as Jack Musselwhite and Alex Turner were both pinging quick balls past the outside edge in the gathering gloom. The Sway home support we're getting nervous as dot balls ruled, but then Freddie started getting the measure of the bowling and found the boundary twice to leave just 3 required off the final over. With 3 balls left and the field in on the single he squeezed the winning runs through the infield.

After being losing semi-finalists for the past two years the team thoroughly deserved their victory with some brilliant batting to chase down 150 in 18 overs. They now look forward to a cup final showdown with close rivals and friends from Fawley on 30th July.