May 26th 2018
3rd XI go top with Bench win
Ashurst II v Sway III
On a warm muggy afternoon Sway captain Steve Drayton
was debating over whether to bat or bowl.
The weather, wicket, new ball, team strengths were all
considered.......but in true village style, Sway elected to bowl to
allow Sway icon Pete Bennet to open the batting later and dash off to
sing Oklahoma at Sway Church in the evening.
Talking of icons, the match featured two more from the New Forest
cricket scene, one a landmark and one a legend. Bolton' s Bench and
Kevin McCarthy.......one a yew capped hillock, the other a cricket
capped player from Hythe & Dibden, bolstering the Sway line up under the
new player loan system.
Lyndhurst & Ashurst opener White came to the crease sporting a museum
piece of a bat, but his 'correct' shot making saw him nearly carry his
artefact, only falling to Sway's 7th bowler, McCarthy. Sway opened the
bowling with the mean economy of Drayton and the miserly guile of
Crossthwaite's spin option. Sway used 8 bowlers, not many clubs could
field the opening pair plus Burton, Morris, Lomax, Holden, McCarthy,
Sharp and Straw, six of the bowling line up took wickets.
After 16 overs Sway had removed 5 of the host team batsmen and looked
odds on to bring about an early tea.
Sway were keen in the field. Lomax took a very sharp catch off McCarthy
at slip, Morris grabbed a diving catch at silly mid off off Burton,
Bennet held onto 3 behind the stumps and Drayton took a dolly at mid
off. Sharp in particular was throwing himself about point, turning
probable boundaries into dot balls.
At 24 overs L&A had lost 7 wickets, with only opener T White (19), S
White (12) and D Agha (17) offering double figures.
Sway were dominating and L&A needed their tail to perform, and what a
wag it gave. The 27th over brought the 8th wicket, another didn't fall
until the 39th with Petley and A Chanham all but making it to a 50
partnership. Sway tried everything, at one point sporting a two slip,
gulley, leg slip, two silly's and a short point field to Petley, but
L&A's pair were resilient.
Finally former colts star Andy Straw, making a welcome return to
cricket, made the breakthrough in the penultimate over, having Chanham
caught behind for 33. In the final over Sway turned to some dibbly
leg spin from Morris as a final throw of the dice and, despite a
confident LBW appeal, Petley and L&A survived.
The hosts had reached a beatable total of 128 for 9. All 8 bowlers
bowled excellent spells, in particular the 3 Colts Burton, Lomax and
Holden were impressive, showing pace and variation. Pick of the bowlers
were McCarthy 2 for 5 off 4 overs and Morris 2 for 9 off 5 overs.
After tea Bennett and Straw opened for Sway, the L&A opening bowlers M
Chanham and D Agha couldn't contain them. After 10 overs Sway were 51
for 0. Straw on 33 then drove a Petley delivery. The experienced bowler
parried the ball in the air, tripped over the stumps, grabbed at the
ball again whilst falling, only to grab for it a 3rd time on the floor
and finally hold on. Bennet was out for 32 straight after a 'choir time'
reminder was sent out to the middle, leaving Sway 86 for 2.
Lawes 23 not out and Burton 34 not out saw Sway home quickly for an 8
wicket win, victory number 4 out of 4 for the RD2 side. Petley, the
thorn in Sway's side was L&A's best bowler with 2 for 30 off 5.
It was a sporting match played in a good spirit, so many thanks to L&A
for an enjoyable afternoon.
Team 'stat' fact.........Tom Burton now has an RD2 average of 194 !!!
Straw - not played a league game in a while, but back in the groove!