May 12th 2018
Clark ton sees off Whiteparish
Sway 208-6, Whiteparish 114ao
Sway II’s maiden season up in exalted heights of County Division 4 started with a convincing win thanks to an unbeaten century from opener Adam Clark.
Sway batted first but suffered a couple of early setbacks. Firstly skipper Sam Nailor was dismissed in slightly odd circumstances – having jammed his bat down on a yorker everyone was focusing on the single being taken before someone noticed that a slight glance on the off stump had dislodged a bail. When number 3 Steve How was LBW for 8, Sway were struggling at 28-2 off 11 overs thanks in the main to naggingly good bowling of Glyn Turk (9-3-17-1). Dan Stevenson joined Adam Clark and the pair settled in and slowly expanded the score. By the time Stevenson was caught for a solid 21, the pair had put on 69 runs with Sway at 97-2 of 28 overs. Two quick wickets fell as the home side looked to push on, but Clark was rock solid in an almost chanceless innings moving passing his century before recording a personal best score of 125 not out. With great support from Freddie Pearson (10), making his second team debut and Will Baughan (22*) Sway pushed on to a competitive total of 209-6 after 45 overs.
Needing 4.5 runs an over, the visitors had plenty of time to make a steady start before pushing on. That was not, however, the way they decided to play it - the top order teeing off almost from the start clearly keen to get home. Although Matt Bramwell had opener Tom Reynolds caught for 11, Barney Orr and Tim Darby threw caution to the wind powering the ball to all parts and humbling the normally economical Dave Marshall out of the bowling attack. With the ball in the air, surely a chance would go to hand and so it proved with Ryan Drayton putting an to Derby’s fun taking a catch at deep mid-off off How. Dangerman Orr was bowled by George Lewis (6-2-18-2) who, in an excellent spell, also had number 4 Glyn Turk caught behind to put Sway back in a strong position. Pearson (5-0-18-3) was called into the attack – his first ball, a wide short ball outside off was tamely toed to Stevenson at cover. The youngster then found his line and length claimed another wicket caught again by Stevenson at cover then and produced a cracker to bowl the Whiteparish number 8. To complete a memorable afternoon for the former U11, he took a great catch out at deep mid-wicket and snaffled a catch at slip as Whiteparish slumped towards defeat. It was left to man-on-the-match Clark to fittingly finish off the game – a sharp with of work to stump the number 11 off the returning Matt Bramwell.
Adam Clark - a fine 125 not out