August 12th 2017

Five star Grasham too hot to handle

Sway 132-1, Redlynch 131. Sway won by 9 wickets

Hants County Div Two.

Report by Jon Waller

A SEASON’S BEST 5-33 from Jon Grasham and a composed unbeaten 64 from skipper Alex Hall ensured Sway comfortably eased past Redlynch.

Having lost the toss, Sway started well with the ball and the fiery and accurate David Steadman (2-22) was quickly on a hat-trick, one of his wickets being aided by a good Oscar Marshall catch.

When Grasham and Powis were introduced into the attack, both immediately got rewards as Redlynch struggled. Steadman safely clutched two catches off Grasham and Powis sent the stumps cartwheeling twice in another typically miserly spell.

Grasham, bowling with good pace and accuracy, ran through the Redlynch lower order. He claimed a deserved five-for by bowling the number nine batsman off the penultimate ball of his spell.

Redlynch, at 85-9, were up against it, but their last pairing showed their top order how it should be done with some nice shots.

With the home bowling attack tiring, new signing Lloyd Scot was thrown the ball and showed promise, getting the final wicket – and his first scalp for Sway – with a lovely delivery.

In reply Sway were never in any real trouble. Openers Tim Noble and Hall batted sensibly, hitting some nice shots into the various gaps around the field. They had got to 70 without any scares when Noble was bowled by a ball that kept a little bit low for 29.

That brought Tom Thorp (24*) to the crease and he carried on the good work with Hall, who notched his second half century of the season.

As the required total neared both batsmen moved up the gears and Hall was particularly brutal on anything short. In the end Sway finished before 6.30pm for the third time this year.  

Jon Grasham - well deserved 5- wicket haul