Sway’s promotion charge continued as they
emerged victorious from a tightly contested game at a drizzly Lapstone
Fielding first, Sway made a couple of early inroads thanks to a sharp
catch by Thorpe off D.Steadman (1-30) and a yorker from Grasham. But a
50 partnership from Kemp (11) and Smith (58) left Fair Oak in a good
position of 94-2 at drinks. There must have been something in the water,
as Sway immediately struck after drinks through Josh Bailey (1-37).
Fellow spinner Walton (0-22) bowled with great control to tighten the
run rate but it was the introduction of Dan Bailey (5-20) that turned
the game in Sway’s favour. An excellent spell, supported by some good
fielding including catches from T.Steadman and L.Scott ripped through
the Fair Oak batting order leaving them on 180-9 at tea.
In reply, Sway made an assured but watchful start against disciplined
bowling from Eley (1-20) and B.Smith (0-36). The only tension arose from
the ominous clouds which meant Sway had to be mindful of staying ahead
of the run rate. It was Salmon (2-45) who got the breakthrough, leaping
high to take Marshall caught and bowled for a stylish 32. In came J.
Walton (32) to play a supporting role to A.Hall who carried his bat for
69 in a fine captain’s knock. In the end, it was a few lusty blows from
D.Steadman (23 n.o.) that finally put the result beyond doubt, as Sway
ran out winners with 3 overs and 7 wickets to spare.