May 26th 2018

Strong performance by 2nd XI

Amesbury 99ao, Sway II 203ao

HANTS COUNTY DIV 4

An excellent all round showing saw Sway 2s ease Salisbury outfit Amesbury aside.

Having been inserted by the hosts Sway made a positive start, with Will Millard and Dan Stevenson both looking in good touch. Millard (63) was severe on anything short on a worn pitch, while Stevenson (22) lurched onto anything full, as the pair put on 70 in 15 overs to set an excellent platform from which Sway could build.

The introduction of the change bowlers also saw changes to Sway’s batting order, Reece Owen walking to the crease at number three and bludgeoning a breezy 25 while the rest of the middle order accumulated around him.

Along the way Ryan Drayton, Will Baughan, Freddie Pearson and FJ Charton made starts, while the biggest contributions came from Jon Waller (23) and skipper Sam Nailor (14). It was left to Dave Marshall and Matt Bramwell to get the visitors to 200, both hitting some wayward bowling well.

Sway’s strong opening bowling partnership of Waller and Bramwell soon made inroads, and when Amesbury had limped to 27-4 off 18 overs the game was all but up. Waller (2-17) was aided by a good low grab by Stevenson and another by Baughan, while Bramwell was terrific, claiming 1-9 off in a 9 over spell that deserved far more.

Charton threw down the stumps to claim a run out and was then introduced into the attack, grabbing two scalps. Also successful was Pearson, who, after an initial wobble with the ball, went on to take two crucial wickets, helped by a decent Owen grab.

The game was wrapped up by the miserly duo of Marshall and Nailor; each bowling nicely and grabbing a wicket to make it two wins from three for a buoyant Sway.