June 21st 2018

Superb Sway upset Lymo in President’s Cup semi

Sway produced a superb all-round showing to upset Lymington and reach the final of the President’s Cup for the second consecutive time.

Batting first at Lymington, Sway produced a terrific showing with the bat to get to the competitive total of 130-6 off their 18 overs.

All those who made it to the crease pitched in, with the underdogs getting a great 46-run start from openers Tim Noble (18) and Alex Hall (27), who both hit lovely shots.

In the middle overs Jack Walton (28) and David Steadman (25) continued to plunder runs – the latter smacking a massive six over extra cover, while towards the end Dan Bailey pitched in by striking a couple of decent blows.

Sway needed a good showing with the ball against a Lymo batting line-up that boasted five first teamers, and made immediate inroads when Jon Waller (3-13 off four overs) struck twice in two balls – getting Ben Rogers and Kieran Moors before Dom Hand dug out the hat-trick ball.

Soon after Aussie Overseas Grady was caught behind by Hall off the excellent Matt Bramwell to reduce the hosts to 25-3. From that position they never really recovered, with Hall stumping Dimitri Adams off Josh Bailey, the young leg spinner then bowling Hampshire colts team-mate Josh Royan.

When Waller bowled Hugo Chandler Lymo were very much up against it and were not helped when a mix up allowed the calm Will Millard to run out Adie Hunt.

Hand knew by now he had to go for broke and started well, pumping a massive six, but David Steadman (1-14 off three overs) had his revenge next ball, bowling the first teamer with a beauty.

As the game dwindled Bramwell (2-17) picked up his second and a second run out ended Lymington’s challenge, meaning Sway will battle it out in the final against New Milton.