June 10th 2018
Sway 87-7, Bashley (Rydal) 86-4
The previous encounter was the nail-biting in the 2017 cup final and the latest game was no less exciting.
The visitors were put into bat got off to a sensible start against tight bowling from Tom O’Callahan and Jasper Condon. It was change bowler Luke Shearer who made a crucial breakthrough having the dangerous Will Manning caught by Condon at mid on. Power hitter Kieran Pardy was also batting well however so there was great relief when he was caught behind for 12 by Harry Allies, who was superb behind the stumps).
The game continued to ebb and flow - good bowling but also good running by the visitors. Seth Pickering was really unlucky to see two consecutive edges go for four but got his revenge with a superb in swinging yorker to bowl remaining opener Harry Courts. After 16 overs Bashley scored a “par” 86-4.
In reply Sway opened with Olly Marshall and Allies. As expected Bashley kept it tight with Manning as accurate as ever and his super spell of 3-0-5-1 was rewarded when he bowled Allies in the 3rd over. Marshall and Treacey progressed the score to 32 before Treacey was run out. Pickering was in at 4 and immediately looked to pick up the rate and when Marshall retired, partnered with O’Callaghan. Whilst Sway were just about on the run rate, Bashley were never out of the game. When Sway lost 3 wickets for 2 runs (Pickering yorked by a corker, O’Callaghan LBW, and Condon caught in the covers), Sway’s innings was rocking. Much pressure was on Sway’s last remaining big hitter Luke Shearer who flashed his bat hard, a couple of boundaries off top edges helping the cause along with sensible batting at the other end by Oscar Davis (2*) who bravely returned to the crease after earlier having to retire hurt. When Shearer finally holed out for 20, Sway were seemingly on course for victory needing 12 off 3 overs. Brage Wallis was bowled in the penultimate over bringing Marshall back to the crease. Against tight bowling the pair decided to take single off the last ball of the penultimate over leaving Davis to face Pardy needing 6 to win. Edge of the deck chair time!
A scrambled single off the first ball was followed by a two. This meant Marshall had 4 balls to score three runs off his friend and rival Pardy. The third ball was just outside off and could only defended but there was just a hint of width outside off with the next ball and Marshall 34*) was onto it in a flash to square cut the ball to the boundary so See Sway home with two balls to spare. The two teams meet again on Sunday at the BCG!
Olly Marshall - 165 unbeaten runs, no dismissals in U11s cricket in 2018