June 2nd 2018

Sway edged out in thriller

Old Basing 206-6,Sway 205-5


Despite a decent showing Sway’s promotion aspirations suffered a blip at Old Basing, where they came out the wrong side of an exciting game of cricket between two good sides.

Having won the toss, Sway skipper Tim Noble opted to bat and it looked a cracking decision as he and fellow opener Alex Hall got the visitors off to a flyer. The pair put on 86 inside the first 15 overs, with the in-form Hall breezing his way to another 50 while Noble (31) played a nice array of shots.

Noble carried on the good work with Jack Walton, and when the former departed with the score on 99, Sway had 15 overs left to get as many runs as they could manage.

There then came a host of cameos; Dan Bailey struck a quick 15, Will Millard blazed his way to 31 and a breezy unbeaten David Steadman knock helped Sway reach 205. Walton was the bedrock of the innings, finishing unbeaten on a classy 48.

In response Old Basing were watchful against the hostile and miserly opening attack of Steadman and Jon Grasham, the first wicket falling when Millard clutched a catch off Grasham (1-41).

Ben Powis’ introduction into the attack brought an immediate reward, Josh Bailey taking a smart catch off the beanpole seamer to leave the hosts at 30-2.

However, Old Basing’s Adam Robinson and Darren Turner both played the bowling well, easing the hosts to 86-2 at the halfway stage as Sway wilted a little in the heat.

There was a further disaster when Powis had to come out of the attack, meaning Jon Waller got a go. His introduction tipped the balance back towards Sway, with his spell of 3-28 including the scalps of Turner and Robinson, while Josh Bailey (1-21) claimed a scalp as Sway sensed the win.

But as the game ebbed and flowed, Max Elward and Neil Robinson came together for Old Basing and played well in the final overs, eventually getting the hosts home with three balls to spare.