June 23rd 2018

Marshall holds nerve in Oscar-worthy finish

Sway 226-8, Compton & Chandlers Ford 223-9. Sway won by 2 wickets

HANTS COUNTY DIV 2

A composed unbeaten 22 from Oscar Marshall backed up 71 from Jack Walton and 43 from David Steadman to help Sway get over the line in a tight game against a good Compton side.

Needing 50 off the final 10 overs, Sway lost wickets as the pressure told in what was a must win game. However, Marshall kept his nerve with a chanceless knock batting with the tail and won the contest by smacking two glorious drives, the winning boundary coming in the final over.

His excellent innings backed up a good showing with the bat from Sway. Tim Noble and Jack Walton had put on more than 80 for the second wicket and David Steadman (43) upped the tempo, plundering one over that included a trademark blow over the tree beyond the long-off boundary for 15.

Walton’s knock was arguably the most eye-catching, his composed 71 featuring an array of shots all-round the ground, while there were cameos from Dan Bailey 23 and a valuable 12 from Jon Grasham.

Earlier in the day the visitors had won the toss and batted first on an excellent looking pitch. However, they soon found themselves in trouble at 34-3 off 15 overs.

Jon Waller (1-34) made the initial breakthrough before skipper Tim Noble took an incredible catch in the slips off David Steadman (1-25) – the second time he has done that this season – and a brilliant Dan Bailey pick up and throw caused a run out.

But in the next 15 overs Compton battled back, with two batsmen striking 50s as Sway began to toil in the heat and the visitors reached 150-3.

However, in the final third of the innings Sway fought back, thanks to an excellent spell by Grasham, who took two wickets. His good work was backed up by Walton, who got three scalps, and ‘keeper Alex Hall claimed a run-out.


Oscar Marshall - held his nerve