June 3rd 2018

Sway III v Bournemouth IV

Sway were feeling upbeat after four wins out of four in RD2, which had put the home side top of the league.
Sway could have been excused feeling further buoyed by the arrival of Bournemouth at Pennington, the visitors picking a side with a considerable number of young colts that barely appeared old enough for senior cricket. However, any complacency on Sway's part was soon shown to be misplaced as the Bournemouth colts were in the side not to make up numbers, they were very good indeed.

For the 5th time in a row Sway skipper Drayton elected to bowl and again Sway could call on a formidable attack, which had been further bolstered by a 2018 first appearance of the home side's talisman all rounder, Charlie Smith. Sway also had playing club legend Dave Marshall, a great addition to the batting line up and an experienced and 'difficult to face' left arm around bowler.

Despite a prolific bowling attack, Bournemouth openers Groves and Harte progressed to near the half century partnership. Although Drayton and Marshall had been tight with three maidens in their first spells, it wasn't until the 16th over that super colt Tom Burton made the break through clean bowling Groves for 26 and shattering the bails in the process.

Jones joined Harte and made quick progress. Harte looked well set and was beginning to score freely until a diabolical single was efficiently run out with a sharp throw from Marshall for Bennett to remove Harte for 28.
Jones clearly didn't fancy a return to the pavilion to face Harte and hung around for a classy 38, being caught by Smith off Sway ace Lomax.

Without a spinner in the side, Morris tried some leg spin with limited effect. Reverting to his slow medium pace, it saw him pick up the wicket of Lawson for 8.
Colt seamer Ollie Smith (another player with a bright future), on a hat trick after the last game, bowled a good spell. When Drayton and Marshall returned for second spells both started with wicket maidens, Humber edged a Drayton delivery to wicket keeper Bennett, and Marshall had Smith out for 10 with a well taken catch by Drayton. Potter finished on 33 not out and Payne 12 not out. Bournemouth had scored a creditable 174 for 6.

Sway had 'shared the wickets around again with Burton, Morris, Marshall, Drayton and Lomax picking up wickets. Pick of the bowlers was Steve Drayton with 1 for 9 off 6.

How and Bennett started well for Sway, surviving 5 lbw appeals against the youthful opening bowling pair of Roe and King. The Bournemouth colts bowled with pace and accuracy and will no doubt be formidable cricketers in higher leagues shortly.

How and Bennett progressed to 77 for 0 before finally umpire Morris raised a finger to Smith's accurate delivery that caught Bennett on the pad. How then played a 'village' shot, his first loose shot of the day, Jones plucking the ball out of the air, off the bowling of Pluck. Both Bennett and How had scored 38.

Tom Burton, in at 3 and sporting a league batting average of 194, hit a scorching 49 off 18 balls, including 3 '6's' and 7 '4's'. On an incentive of 'no match fee payable' for a half century, Burton had to reach into his pocket after being bowled by a bit of Potter magic.

Inspired by Burton's 'kid in a sweetshop' innings, Charlie Smith looked like he was in his own chocolate factory, hitting 2 '6's' and a few boundaries for a swift 24 not out.

After Adam Marshall was out for 1, Morris came to the crease. In a twist of fate, Bennett, the victim of some Morris umpiring, was officiating at the bowlers end. Bournemouth skipper Humber mesmerised Morris with some superb spin bowling and it wasn't long before a confident appeal was heard. Bennett's eyes lit up, but after giving Morris a 'Hannibal Lecter' stare, Bennett put the cork back in the Chianti bottle and Morris survived. Morris went on to post 5 not out for a Sway win by 6 wickets.

A good contest played in a good spirit, the day belonging to some very promising colts on both sides. The win was good enough to keep Sway top of the division with an unblemished five out of five wins