June 15th 2018

1st XI promotion  push stalled by rivals

Bedhampton 234-9, Sway I 198


Despite 50s from stand-in skipper Alex Hall and in-form batsman David Steadman, Sway came up short chasing down Bedhampton’s competitive total in a crunch top of the table contest.

Sway had made a great start in their reply on what looked a decent batting pitch, with Hall punishing anything full and his opening partner Oscar Marshall (21) looking composed. However, there was a mini-collapse after Marshall departed, with four wickets falling for not many runs – including Hall for an excellent 71 – to leave Sway up against it. In the middle order Jon Grasham started well before he was caught out to a fantastic catch, stopping Sway’s progress.

While Steadman was in though, Sway had half a chance. Needing more than 70 off eight overs the all-rounder went on a blitz, cracking three maximums, including putting Harry Hovey into an adjacent garden. But on 54 he perished and with him so did Sway’s chances.

Earlier in the day Sway plugged away on a flat surface that offered the bowler’s little as Bedhampton – who went top of the table with the win – got off to a swift start. Sway, who were third in the table going into the game, initially toiled before the breakthrough, secured by an incredible diving slip catch by FJ Charton off Steadman’s bowling.

That was backed up by tidy spells by Josh Bailey and Ben Powis, who both got two wickets, as did Jon Waller and Steadman. There was also a run out in the latter stages of the innings, but Bedhampton’s 234-9 proved 36 runs too many