July 1st 2018

All departments excel in Sway win


Report by Jon Waller

Bramshaw 82; Sway 283-7. Sway won by 201 runs

HANTS COUNTY DIV 2

A terrific all-round performance with bat and ball enabled Sway to negotiate a tough away fixture at the postage stamp Bramshaw ground with ease.

To the relief of his team mates, visitors ‘skipper Tim Noble won the toss on a scorching afternoon and opted to bat first. After losing a couple of early wickets the visitors piled on the runs, with Noble and Will Millard (21), hitting some turf scorching boundaries until the latter was adjudged Lbw.

That allowed David Steadman to enter the fray, and he immediately looked at ease, bludgeoning sixes and fours as he quickly went beyond his half century on his way to 89. Noble, who held the innings together accumulating his runs, made a terrific 59 in the heat until he chopped on.

After Steadman was run out there was some impressive late order hitting as Sway eyed up a 300 score. Grasham (12), got things going, before FJ Charton and Steve How plundered the late overs hitting 42 alone off the last two. Charton hit four maximums and ended unbeaten on 39 while How, who was caught off the final ball for 16, smacked one handsome hook shot for four.

While the wicket was good there was some uneven bounce and Sway felt 283 was a decent score. That proved to be the case when Steadman made an immediate breakthrough having the hosts’ run machine Andy Hart snaffled by ‘keeper Alex Hall second ball. Jon Waller meanwhile had an inauspicious start – his first three overs were smoked for 27 – but that turned full circle after he had Di Monte smartly caught by Will Baughan. From then on Waller was in the wickets, taking 4-36 off his nine overs, helped by smart catches by Noble, Hall stood up and Oscar Marshall. Meanwhile Steadman grabbed another wicket – again aided by a decent Baughan catch – while Ben Powis took a diving catch as Grasham claimed the wicket of Streather.

Sway were well in the ascendancy and from then on it was a procession, Grasham claiming two more wickets and Powis getting in on the act helped by Baughan’s third catch, as a jubilant Sway claimed a very welcome 201 run victory against a tricky Hants County Div 2 opponents.