August 11th 2018

Dan Baileys Five For Fells Fair Oak

Fair Oak II 180-9  Sway I 184-3

Sway’s promotion charge continued as they emerged victorious from a tightly contested game at a drizzly Lapstone Park.

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.