August 19th 2017
2nd XI one game from title
Sway II 157-6 v Mudeford II
Sway 2nd XI edged a very close encounter against a competitive Mudeford
side to set up a league title decider in next weekend's final game
against Lyndhurst & Ashurst at Bolton's Bench.
Mudeford batted first on a low bouncing pitch and openers Sean Kelly and
Sean Fuller found runs hard to come by - but gave few chances in cagey
opening exchanges. Sam Harvey in particular bowling well for Sway - his
first 7 overs going for just 11 runs. With the score 59-0 at the half
way stage, Sway expected that an attack would be imminent - but it still
did not come. In fact the run rate barely picked up as the visitors
nudged their way to 88 off 27 overs. It was skipper Sam Nailor
(6-0-26-1) who got the breakthrough dismissing Kelly for 41. Mudeford
then lost their other opener when Fuller finally tried to take on the
naggingly accurate Dave Marshall (10-2-30-1) and was well caught at deep
mid-on by Will Millard. Mudeford tried to pick the pace up a little, but
progress was checked towards the end of the innings by two wickets from
F-J Charton (6-0-24-2) and a fine run out via the rapid arm of George
Lewis as the visitors finished up on 156-5.
Mudeford knew they would have to bowl and were really fired up right
from the off with accurate opener Callum Horton unlucky in the first
over when Dan Stevenson nicked one between keeper and slip. Stevenson's
luck was not to last however when he attempted to pull a shorter ball
that kept low off the pacey and marvellously-named Bronson Carrasco.
Fellow opener Oscar Marshall was also struggling, riding his luck on a
couple of occasions however number three Chris Hammond steadied the ship
even if runs were not easy to come by. The ship however was rocked again
when Sway lost two wickets for just 4 runs - first Hammond was bowled by
Horton for 18 then Sam Nailor was bowled for a duck by a cracker of a
delivery by the ever-competitive Liam Penttengel. Marshall was joined by
the experienced Will Millard and for the first time in the innings Sway
looked to be in full control of the chase. The run rate picked up with
Millard in particular putting away any bad balls as Sway moved on to 80
off 24 overs. The game was to have yet another twist however as Millard
(27) looked to smash a bad ball but unluckily picked out the only
fielder for acres. When Charton was trapped LBW for 0 and then George
Lewis was caught for 11, Sway had subsided to 100-6.
Dave Marshall then joined Oscar Marshall with the (clearly unrelated)
pair needing 57 runs off 11 overs. Against tight bowling there were few
easy runs on offer but the pair ran well between the wickets to keep
Sway in the hunt. With 39 needed off the last 7, nerves were jangling on
the Sway balcony. Dave Marshall (28*) had however spotted the bowler he
was going to go after and plundered 12 runs from the 40th over and after
some more quick running it was left to Oscar Marshall (64*) to complete
a fine knock by cracking the ball to the mid wicket boundary to bring
Sway home with 7 balls to spare.
Oscar Marshall -
practicing for low bounce!