May 26th 2018
SWAY IV 158 - 5, HORDLE 157
In July 2009, almost 9 years ago, Sway 1st XI were soundly beaten at Jubilee Field by Hordle so it is a mark of the Club's progress that when Hordle arrived at Pennington with only 9 players it was Sway's 4th XI providing the local derby opposition. The visitors batted first on a good looking wicket. James Howard and Clive Smith opened the bowling with Smith soon bowling Charles Baker for a duck. Harry Girling was looking in good nick and it was Howard ( 1 - 23 ) who had him caught behind by Derek Seward for 18. Ranjith Reddy had come in at number 3 and rode his luck with the ball spending more time in the air than Tim Peake, however he did time some well struck shots as well. The Elford combination of David and Daryl took a wicket a piece bringing in Dave Ellis to join Reddy. This pair put together a good partnership although both were dropped off of the unlucky Smith, Dave Hurrell and Mark Wright tried their luck at the pavilion end but it was the veteran Sarje Willson who removed Reddy for 62 sub fielder Chris Baughan holding the catch. Willson ( 3 - 7 ) then took 2 more wickets both caught at mid off by Duncan Savage before Ellis trying to keep the strike with last man Andy Hillyar was run out for 45, David Elford's calm throw defeating him leaving Hordle all out for 157.
After another excellent IV XI tea Hurrell and Seward opened for Sway and made a positive start against D.Ellis and Reddy. Girling obviously hadn't eaten enough and brought his own pies and pastries on too the pitch and started bowling them, Hurrell unfortunately dispatching a raspberry flan straight down Reddy's throat at mid wicket departing for 25. Daryl Elford joined Seward in a good partnership, Elford clearing the ropes before chopping on to the returning Reddy for 13. Adam Marshall batting for Sway for the first time hit 3 fours in a well made 14 before being run out by sharp fielding from Anthony Ellis at square leg. Ellis then produced a wonder catch diving to his right to cling onto a middled sweep from the unlucky Smith. Steve Hannibal kept Seward company for awhile before Greg Steeds stumped him off Baker ( 2 - 19 ) bringing in Savage. The obdurate Seward had now passed his 50 and with precise timing hit the winning boundary off the last ball of the 38th over guiding Sway to the full 24 points and finishing on an excellent 66 not out.
Derek Seward - 2 50s for Sway - both against Hordle