May 19th 2018

Skipper’s catch of the day sets up Sway win

Sway 220-8, Locks Heath 132

HANTS COUNTY DIV 2

Sway cemented their promotion push with a third win on the bounce – a result which got a massive helping hand when Tim Noble took an incredible slip catch.  The one-handed grab by the skipper off David Steadman’s bowling took the first Locks Heath wicket in their reply to Sway’s score, helping the accurate Steadman claim 2-10. It kick-started an impressive bowling showing from the hosts, demonstrating a strength in depth that could prove crucial as the season goes on.


Hampshire starlet Josh Bailey was in the wickets, with his terrific spell of leg spin earning him 4-29, while the impressive Ben Powis grabbed three scalps and Doug Naylor his first league wicket as the hosts comfortably fended off Locks Heath.


Noble’s day had started well, as after winning the toss and electing to bat, he and opening partner to Alex Hall led from the front and both notched half centuries. From the off the pair looked composed at the wicket, putting on more than 100 as Hall struck 55 and Noble 57. After both departed, Jack Walton started well but miscued a full toss, bringing Dan Bailey (24) and league debutant Doug Naylor together to carry on the good work. Tasked with upping the tempo, both did just that, Bailey hitting the ball cleanly and Naylor classily nudging the ball round.

With Sway needing maximum batting points David Steadman (12), and Oscar Marshall (an unbeaten (14) hit out at the end in lively cameos but Sway couldn’t quite get the extra five runs they needed for full bonus points against a disciplined bowling attack.

 

Tim Noble - Amazing slip catch