June 9th 2018

Steadman the Sway hero

Sway 154-6, Ferndown Wayfarers 153


A marvelous unbeaten 83 from David Steadman clinched a superb win for Sway over rivals Ferndown, the all-rounder blasting consecutive sixes to get the hosts over the line in style.

Steadman had come to the crease with Sway in dire trouble at 24-5 chasing 154 to win, but he and Jon Grasham (27), put on a terrific partnership to tip the balance in Sway’s favour.

Initially the pair were circumspect in their approach, but, after settling into the chase, both hit some lovely shots. Steadman smacked three sixes and four fours in his scintillating knock, one huge hit clearing the tree at long-on.

There was a slight twist when a mix-up led to Grasham being run out with Sway still 40 runs short of their target, but FJ Charton came in and played a lovely cameo, hitting an unbeaten 19. The day, however, belonged to Steadman. As nerves jangled on the boundary and with 10 still needed of the final two overs, he cracked James Raftery for two maximums.

Earlier in the day Sway, who had six regulars missing, had done well with the ball, Doug Nailor taking 5-17 and hugely impressing with his off-spin.

Ferndown – who were themselves missing a couple of their best players – had made a decent enough start, reaching 60-1, the first breakthrough having been made when Charton smartly caught one in the slips of Grasham.

But Nailor then entered the fray, regularly picking up wickets with his highly disciplined spell, aided by catches by Clark behind the stumps and Steve How.

How himself bowled well, gaining 2-27, while Jon Waller chipped in with 2-34, helped by a good grab by Nailor and a second catch behind the sticks by Clark.