June 15th 2018

3rds with crushing win


SWAY III 268-2

Sway 3rd's returned to winning ways crushing Burley 2nds by 114 runs at Pennington.

The mature opening pair of Pete Bennet and Rick How got the hosts off to a solid start before Bennet went for 29 caught off the bowling of James Roberts. Andrew Sharp joined the veteran Scot in the middle and was soon into his stride, How had started more prudently but now struck a flurry of boundaries before Johnny Blundell uprooted his off stump How making 41.

That was as good as it got for the beleaguered Burley attack as Sharp and the inform Tom Burton serenely set about the bowling hitting fours and sixes or pushing the ball into the many gaps as the field retreated to the boundaries. Burton unfortunately had to retire after hurting his shoulder having made 74, however Chris Morris came in and carried on the assault in the same vein. Sway eventually closed on 268-2 with Sharp unbeaten on 91 and Morris on 17, the lack of a fifth bowler being costing Burley dearly as the 8 overs shared by 3 players went for a pietastic 92 runs!

Sway opened the bowling with skipper Steve Drayton and loanee Kevin McCarthy and it was Drayton who struck first bowling P.Stacey for 12. James Brearley replaced McCarthy at the pavilion end and got a wicket first ball Jim Burry slicing the ball to Dave Hurrell at fly slip and when Brearley then caught and bowled the dangerous Blundell for 13 the writing was on the wall, Burley did however reach drinks on the same score 82 as Sway but had lost 2 more wickets. Former Sway man Ray Gunn and Dan Maher put together a decent partnership but an excellent spell of bowling from Morris (2-24) got rid of both players Maher bowled and Gunn caught by Sharp in the gully. McCarthy came back on and claimed 2 wickets and Drayton also got another scalp Bennet getting 2 stumpings, Hurrell also got in on the act Steve Hannibal holding a good catch on the square leg boundary. Burley were to eventually close on 154-9 depriving Sway of maximum points despite Clive Smith trying a variety of different bowling styles at the death.