August 6th 2017

Noble ton in easy Sway win

Report by Jon Waller

Hants County Div 2

Ellingham 104 (rain reduced target of 204), Sway 215-2. Sway won by 100 runs

A composed unbeaten century from man in form Tim Noble helped Sway comfortably see off a depleted Ellingham outfit at Picket Post.

After a tropical 50mm of rain during the week followed by a 4mm downpour on the morning of the game, it was frankly a miracle to get a game on the uncovered Picket Post wicket, and of course the surface was damp and green. Sway skipper Alex Hall lost the toss and was asked to bat first - a seemingly bad toss to lose.

Some sensible batting by openers Tim Noble and Aussie Brock Jeffries allowed Sway to keep the scoreboard ticking over without giving Ellingham much of a sniff of a wicket and they took full advantage of the fact that the hosts the hosts only had 10 men.

Watchful at the start the pair gradually upped the tempo, with Jeffries hitting two cleanly struck sixes. Noble was first to 50 and Jeffries notched his soon after.  Amid a couple of short rain delays the pair put on 149 before Jeffries found a fielder and departed for a well made 59, especially given that the conditions were the exact opposite of those he was used to in Western Australia! David Steadman nicked off shortly after to give the hosts a second wicket. Noble however continued on, now joined by Tom Thorp. While not the biggest of hitters, the pair hit some lovely cultured shots and ran well. Noble made it to his 100 – his second of what has been a terrific year – with just three balls left, while Thorp finished unbeaten on 32.

In reply Sway’s opening pair Steadman and Jon Waller soon had the hosts in trouble. Steadman bowled the dangerous Jon Childs and Aaron Barker and had big hitting Jim Edwards smartly caught by a tumbling Lloyd Scott on his club debut. Waller meanwhile claimed two wickets, one helped by a smart catch by ever reliable Dave Marshall.

At 28-5 Ellingham were hit by further trouble when home skipper Burrett had to retire hurt. Thereafter a partnership developed that got them to drinks despite the efforts of Scott and Ben Powis. Marshall was introduced and immediately got rewards, his two wickets helped by catches by Alex Hall and Steadman, who took a steepler. In the gloom Will Millard was thrown the ball and his tweakers found the last wicket to back his tenuous claim that he is an all-rounder.

Tim Noble - Fine season with the bat