June 9th 2018
the Sway hero
Sway 154-6, Ferndown Wayfarers
HANTS COUNTY 2
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
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
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
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.