July 22nd 2018

Sway fall short in close contest

East Woodhay   257-5 Sway  I 231



Despite quality knocks from Tom Thorp (66) and Jack Walton (53), providing a good platform to chase down 257, Sway’s promotion bid suffered a blip at picture postcard East Woodhay.

The pair both hit some lovely shots in putting on 110 for the second wicket as Thorp notched his first fifty of the season with nine fours. Walton’s classy knock also featured nine boundaries as the pair enjoyed a wicket considered the best to bat on in the county.

From the final 14 overs or so Sway needed 100 to win and with Dan Bailey (21) at the crease and David Steadman it looked possible on what was a small ground and fast outfield. But in the end the visitors left themselves a little too much to do and fell 26 runs short. There were valiant efforts from David Steadman, whose 15 included a huge six, Oscar Marshall (15) and Jon Grasham, who was stranded on 17 not out when Sway were bowled out in the final.

Earlier in the day East Woodhay’s batting line-up had impressed. Tom Flack batted almost all of the innings for a terrific 125, finally succumbing when he was caught by Walton off Grasham going for a big hit. Richard Dando also hit 52 for the hosts before he holed out to Steadman off Walton and other batsmen chipped in to get East Woodhay to the final score.

For Sway Josh Bailey (2-54) impressed, while Steadman’s early scalp was helped by a terrific catch by Thorp in the gully. Walton, with 1-34, was very good with the ball.