May 12th 2018

Walton has Bournemouth in a spin with six-wicket haul

Bournemouth 82 II Sway 84-1

HANTS COUNTY DIV 2

A superb spell of spin bowling from Jack Walton saw Sway brush aside Bournemouth at Chapel Gate.

Having won the toss Sway skipper Tim Noble invited the home side to bat under overcast skies and Sway immediately made inroads with Jon Waller (2-18), claiming an lbw in his first over.

The second wicket fell when Bournemouth’s number three pushed a ball into the covers and set off for a quick single, only to be ran out by some yards when David Steadman produced a terrific piece of fielding to run him out with a direct hit. When Waller claimed his second wicket soon after, Bournemouth were tottering at 12-3 off 7 overs.

There followed a period of relative calm with the home side getting to 45-3 before a bowling change saw Powis and Walton introduced into the attack. Powis (1-14) had Jonny Coombs caught by Steadman and Walton then came to the fore, turning the ball sideways in a fantastic spell.

Over the course of 9.4 overs Walton bamboozled Bournemouth’s middle and lower order, with terrific control and guile taking 6-20 – his first five-wicket haul since returning to the club after a three-year absence while travelling. Bournemouth were bowled out in the 31st over, meaning tea was taken rather earlier than usual before 3pm.

In response Sway’s opening pair of Noble and Alex Hall set about chasing down their target and, assisted by some loose bowling, made good progress. Hall bashed an early six on his way to an excellent unbeaten 36, while Noble looked in good touch, hitting one very crisp cut shot. With five to get Noble was dismissed for 22, but that was the only minor blip on what was an excellent day for Sway.

Walton - 6 for 20