July 8th 2018
Grash’s special bash wins crucial clash
Basingstoke & NH 205-8 Sway 206-9
HANTS COUNTY 2
Jon Grasham played one of the innings’ of his life to secure Sway a crucial win that had seemed utterly improbable at one point and keep his side’s promotion prospects alive.
The Marine’s superb unbeaten 56 to get the visitors out of jail was backed up by Jon Waller’s supporting role as Sway turned the tide on their hosts. When Waller, batting at 10, joined Grasham at the crease Sway were 139-8 with around eight overs left and the game ebbing away.
But the pair put on 56 in quick time, with Grasham dominating the partnership. He peppered the boundaries regularly using brute force and invention, one scoop shot really catching the eye, and withstood the pressure and heat to blast Sway back into contention.
The duo got Sway down to needing 33 off the final three overs and finally 11 off the last. Waller was run out off the first ball, but Grasham held his nerve, striking two boundaries and notching a two. Off the final ball the hosts bowled a wide, sparking jubilant boundary celebrations.
To that point Sway’s run chase had been a mixed bag, the most impressive batting displays coming from Alex Hall, who hit some lovely shots on his way to 53, David Steadman, whose 28 included two trademark towering sixes and Oscar Marshall (14) and Jack Walton (11).
Earlier in the day Sway had been very good in the field to restrict their hosts to 205 on a lightening pitch. With the ball the star was Josh Bailey, who bowled with control and guile to secure an impressive 4-22 that included a smart stumping by Hall.
Equally good was Ben Powis with 3-38 – including an excellent running catch by Dan Bailey over his shoulder – while Waller was tidy with 1-19 and Grasham, Walton and Steadman bowled good spells without getting their rewards.