Difficult start for 4th XI


Sway IV 43 Parley III 260 - 2

The season got under way at Pennington with new skipper Chris Baughan asking Parley to bat first on a low but dryish wicket - amazing given the long, cold and wet winter.

Cricket aficionados in attendance could not help but suspect that the eleven fit young men immaculately turned out in Parley training wear going through their warm up routines were likely to prove extremely tough oppositon - and so it proved.

Mark Stutter and John Rake opened the batting for Parley and with the help of a couple of dropped catches put on 135 runs before Malo Holden held a good catch in the deep off the part time lobs of Dan Stevenson with Rake departing for 56. Baughan with a tidy spell of bowling trapped Matt King lbw for 37, however no further wickets fell as Stutter (115no) and Chris Baker (19 no) took the final score to 260.

Stevenson and Derek Seward opened for Sway and looked comfortable without being able to push the score along. When Stevenson was bowled for 7 and Pete Bennet adjudged lbw for 2 the wheels fell off the Sway reply. With the scorecard resembling Dave Marshall's monthly pay the next 7 batsmen failed to register a run, with Steve Hannibal perhaps unlucky to be run out to a direct hit. James "Dapper" Howard did make a single but when he fell the final total was only 43 with the stolid Seward unbeaten on 21, for Parley Chris Williams took 5 for 19.