Sunday saw first of the season's high quality encounters between Wimborne & Colehill - and outstanding performances from Sway 's youngsters produced the first victory since 2014.
The visitors batted first but faced tight lines from Noah Glass in particular. Nevertheless the opening partnership featuring Sway nemesis Nick Kierran reached 50 without loss. It was Olly Smith who made the breakthrough bowling Kierran and having the other opener caught at mid off by Josh Bailey. Sway then threatened to skittle Wimborne when spinner Olly Marshall 7–1-27-2 picked up two more wickets.
Wimborne regrouped but there were excellent spells from Lukas Andrews and Connor Treacey that prevented the visitors cutting loose. Nevertheless the 5 & 6 put on 114 for the 5th wicket before the returning Glass (9-1-33-1) deservedly broke the partnership. The innings also saw the senior debut of Sway’s latest rising colts star - 10yo Seth Pickering whose first over maiden against set batsmen was most impressive. At tea, Wimborne had reached 215-5.
In reply Adam Marshall and Olly Marshall got Sway off to a solid start putting on 50 for the first wicket before Marshall jnr succumbed to a moon ball. Treacey added some quick runs then skipper Josh Bailey smashed a rapid 46 to get Sway right on the run rate. With Adam Marshall retired for a well made 50, Seth Pickering smashed his first ball in senior cricket for four, but was bowled next ball by Brett Custard who Sway II will face on Saturday.
Dad Ian Pickering then picked up the mantle, smashing 6 fours on the way to 26 before being bowled. Caitlin Felstead kept the runs coming and when she was out it was left to Ollie Smith and Dan Bailey to try and knock off the 45 runs needed with all three results still looking equally likely. Smith knuckled down to a supporting role whilst Bailey smashed 7 fours and 2 sizes bringing up his 50 with a boundary to win the game.
Great game and Sway’s first win over Wimborne in quite a few years - and with only 2 adults in the side.
The return let in two weeks time will be eagerly anticipated!
Adam Marshall - unbeaten half century
Seth Pickering - senior debut