August 19th 2017

Batting lets 3rds down again

Report by Dave Hurrell



Verwood arrived at Pennington seeking to win one of their final two games to avoid possible relegation, whilst Sway missing 5 players were in 5th place and safe.

Verwood won the toss and elected to bowl and Eric Pearson and Andy O'Neill were on top form with Pearson having Pete Bennet sharply caught low at first slip by Chris Mitchell for 2. Clive Smith joined Rick How and these two edged the score along to 30 in the 17th over before How was run out for 17. Under 13 Alex Benett making his senior debut bowled a tidy spell of 5 overs but it was George Durrans and Mitchell who wiped out the middle order with Will Baughan perhaps a little unlucky to be lbw to one he might have nicked. Skipper for the day Charlie Smith had come in at number 5 and with the help of 6 fours he finished up 29 not out when last man Ben Sanger was caught behind, Sway leaving 9 overs unused. Mitchell 4 - 16 and Durrans 4 - 40 being the principal wicket takers.

Needing early wickets Lewis Marden (6 3 11 1) bowled Ewan Clarke for 4 but Pearson and O'Neill batted as well as their earlier bowling and added 53 together before W.Baughan with his first delivery had Pearson caught by Mark Wright in the gully for 24 with the score on 67. Verwood's batting is famed for it's likeness to the *Stercorarius Longicausus so Sway did sense a bit of an outside chance but had left things too late, although Charlie Smith did bowl O'Neill for 27 and Baughan ( 3 - 14 ) with a caught and bowled and a catch for keeper Bennet did cause a small ripple of apprehension, however Mitchell 7 not out and wides saw Verwood home in the 21st over.

Matches between these two sides are always played in a good spirit so it will more of the same next year.

*The Long Tailed Jaeger a seabird in the Skua Family

( Stercorariidae )