August 26th 2017

1st XI finish season with dramatic win

Sway 170-8, Old Basing 167-8

Hants County Div 2

Report by Jon Waller

Sway 1st XI ended an accomplished first season in Hampshire County Division Two in fifth place, having edged an Old Basing side that included former test player and Hampshire stalwart Shaun Udal by three runs in a tetchy contest. Aussie overseas Brock Jeffries was given the task of bowling the final over with the visitors needing 11 runs to win, and he held his nerve well. His first five balls went for five and, needing a six off the final ball, the visitors could only make two.

Sway’s bowling in general was very good, with Jon Waller (1-20) and the fiery Steadman (1-24) giving his all. Ben Powis, who again ended up the bowler with the most wickets over the season (31 in all), got two, including the prize scalp of Udal, who was well caught by Waller.

Jon Grasham performed excellently again with the ball, picking up three wickets, while the pacey Lloyd Scott also claimed a scalp as the game see-sawed one way and then the other.

Earlier Sway had produced a curious innings, getting off to a superb start which they threatened to squander before Grasham rescued the situation.

Tim Noble – with more than 700 runs already this season – had looked at his imperious best until edging a good ball behind for 23 and skipper Alex Hall batted nicely for his 37 before departing. But with the ball beginning to turn on a worn pitch in the mid-afternoon, Sway went from 80-1 off 18 overs to 105-6 off 32 as a succession of batsmen came and went. While others perished around him Neil Prince played a very sensible innings of 21 and finally found a willing partner in Graham, whose lively, entertaining innings of 36 proved crucial – as did a crisply struck four off the penultimate ball of Sway’s innings by Scott.

Jubilee Field looking stunning on the last day of the season.