August 19th 2017
Batting lets 3rds down again
Report by Dave Hurrell
SWAY III 86 VERWOOD II 87 - 5
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
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 )