August 250th 2018

Sway Ladies run 4th XI close!

Report by Chris Morris

The ‘home’ side won !!!

On the 18th August 2018 the inaugural ……………………………….. Cup match was played, (suggestions for cup names please), between Sway Men & Colts and Sway Ladies & Colts.

Fourth eleven skipper Chris Baughan won the toss and elected to bat on a decent wicket. The IV’s ace openers, Jake Olney and Derek Seward were constrained by the ladies strike force of Laura Lomax and Sarah Allport, after 4 overs the score in the 30 over match was 8 for 1, Olney removed by a ‘jaffa’ from Lomax.
Savage and Seward put on a decent score against the first and 2nd change bowlers and moved the score to 54 for 1 after 10 overs. Seward, the fortunate recipient of some generous umpiring, after a run out by Tom Morris, moved on to retire on 27 not out.

Savage was bowled by Sway skipper Jo Morris for 21, but the men and boys passed 100 for 2 at the 18 over point.
Sway IV veteran Mark Wright and all rounder supremo Lucas Sanger pressed on, but with some excellent bowling from the ladies the score had only moved to 115 for 2 off 24. Sensing a need to up the score, the pair started to be more expansive, Sanger showing the way with 2 sumptuous 4’s and quickly the duo retired, Wright 29, Sanger 22. Wright had been lucky to see his ‘smash’ to mid off, bounce out of Jo Morris’ hands, an attempt that will keep Morris out of action for several weeks with ligament damage.

Sway ladies used 11 bowlers, constantly asking questions of the opposition. It was Ed Allport and David Elford who came out to face the varied attack, that included Laura Lomax, Sarah Allport, Issy Hill, Catherine Harbach, Fiona Willis, Jo Morris, Catherine Lomax, Arthur Lomax, Tom Morris, Alison Locke and cricket debutant Milly Locke.
After a crushing 4, Elford was bowled by the brilliant Issy Hill for 6. Tony Dias joined Ed to complete the innings, moving the score to 149 for 3 with Ed unbeaten on 10 not out. Everyone bowled a decent line with a mixture of pace, movement and flight, add the brilliant display by Catherine Allport at WK (only 3 byes) and the men & boys were not entirely confident at tea.

Sway ladies main bowlers produced brilliant figures…………..
Laura Lomax 1 for 9 off 4, Sarah Allport 0 for 8 off 4, Issy Hill 1 for 13 off 4. Catherine Harbach and Fiona Willis bowled excellent spells against ‘set’ batsmen, both were brought into the attack later in the innings for 2nd spells. Jo Morris bowled an excellent 1 for 5 off 2, slightly bettering her son's (Tom Morris) 0 for 10 off 2. Catherine Lomax bowled 2 good overs without much luck, Arthur Lomax followed ‘Mum’ with 0 for 9 off 3. Alison Locke bowled 2 decent overs for 9 and daughter Milly (first cricket match ever) bowled 1 for a miserly 5 runs.

After some scrumptious tea, Alison Locke went quickly for 1, bowled by Jake Olney, but Sarah Allport looked in great form before being caught off the bowling of Sanger. Catherine Lomax was bowled by the brilliant David Elford for 3 and suddenly the ladies appeared to be in all sorts of trouble at 11 for 3.
Sway ladies bat deep however, and Catherine Allport and Issy Hill took control. Once they had seen off the youthful attack the ladies began dictating the game, the young bowlers posting figures of Elford (1 for 6 off 4), Olney (1 for 7 off 4), Ed Allport (1 for 9 off 4) and Sanger (1 for 13 off 2)

Allport and Hill both hit superb boundaries in their innings and all of a sudden the ladies were getting near to being on track with the run rate. The men breathed a sigh of relief when Allport retired on 31 and Hill was adjudged LBW for 8.
The ladies still had plenty of batting to come, but with a run rate of 9 an over required off the last 10, the ladies needed to score quickly. In their attempt to hit out for the win, Laura Lomax, Catherine Harbach and Jo Morris all fell for single figures. Fiona Willis was defiant and put on a quick 10 not out, Tom Morris was caught on 11 after facing 7 balls but the ladies fell short on 124 for 8 from their 30 overs.
From this showing the future looks bright for Ladies and men’s cricket at Sway CC. The senior ladies and men put on great performances but it was pleasing for everyone to see just how good some of the colts are. It would be the envy of every cricket club to have the likes of David Elford, Jake Olney, Ed Allport, Lucas Sanger, Sarah Allport, Catherine Allport, Laura Lomax, Issy Hill, Catherine Harbach, Tom Morris, Arthur Lomax and Milly Locke coming through the ranks.

An enjoyable day, played in a great spirit.

Don’t forget CUP NAME SUGGESTIONS…………………. for the annual ladies v men fixture.