August 12th 2017

3rd XI bounce back at Beaulieu

Beaulieu 109, Sway III 146 - 7

Put into bat again Sway 3rds got away to a solid start with Pete Bennet and Rick How putting on 25 before How was sharply caught at slip by former Exbury mainstay Nigel Philpott off Brad Varley for 14. Change bowlers Charlie Maton and Alistair McNichol then induced a mini collapse as McNichol caught and bowled Bennet for 19 and spinner Maton had Tom Burton caught behind and both Henry Marden and Ryan Drayton falling to well judged catches in the deep by the rangy Bradley Varley. Charlie Smith was then bowled by McNichol and Sway were in trouble at 54 - 6 after 23 overs. The dependable Jim Metcalfe was now joined by Chris Morris and the two former New Milton colleagues set about rebuilding things with Metcalfe giving Morris most of the strike and he got off the mark with 2 fours and 2 sixes to set out his intentions. It was not until the final over after a partnership of 89 that McNichol bowled Morris for an illustrious 66 and Matt Burton 1 not out and Metcalfe 22 not out saw Sway through to a final score of 146 - 7, McNichol 3 - 18 and Maton 3 - 32 being the best of the Beaulieu bowlers.

Most of Beaulieu's hopes appeared to rest with opener Matt Pooley but when T.Burton bowled him for 11 and Steve Drayton removed skipper Alan Varley for 5 the home side seemed to be up against it. B.Varley and Philpott showed transitory resistance but Metcalfe then produced a magnificent spell of controlled bowling taking 5 - 23 and leaving Beaulieu on 70 - 7. McNichol and P.Pritchard added 32 runs together but when R.Drayton took a good catch to dismiss McNichol off of T.Burton the end soon came as Burton and Smith wrapped up the tail leaving Beaulieu all out for 109.

A quick mention of the Sway fielding which was excellent throughout led by the underused bowling sensation Steve Hannibal.

Great knock by Chris Morris was followed by a well-practised trip to Lymington Hospital fracture clinic!