A cocktail of northern grit with some newly-acquired southern style from Will Millard with the bat helped Steve How's boys snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a nerve-jangling local derby against a strong New Milton team.
Sway won the toss & bowled & Jon Waller (3-0-33-0) & FJ Charton (3-0-40-1) initially exercised good control but particularly Beck (24) & also Watts (32 no) began to pick up the run rate until a rebound from a doorframe bounced kindly for Dan Bailey to run out the dangerous Beck. Then the introduction of the Bailey spin twins tightened Sway's grip in the middle overs as especially Josh (3-0-22-1) but also Dan (3-0-31-0) bowled tight lines to restict New Milton to 85-2 off 10 overs. Sway were in the ascendancy but then their concentration dipped as they conceded 41 runs off the last 2 overs to leave New Milton with some half-time encouragement at 126-4.
Millard (69 no) & Waller (5) started watchfully against the accurate Watts and had advanced the score to 25 off 3 overs when Waller departed to be followed shortly by Dan Bailey carelessly run out for 4. Skipper How joined Millard & they took the score past 50 in the 6th over when Millard retired to bring Josh Bailey to the wicket with the match in the balance as the experienced Gargaro bowled a tight spell. How was approaching his retirement when he was bowled for 23 & then Charton followed very shortly afterwards leaving Sway on 79-4 but bringing the redoubtable Millard back to the crease. Then Josh's attacking cameo came to an abrupt halt for 17 in the 9th over as Gargaro deceived him to be stumped.
Sway's wheels had well & truly come off with 44 still required from last man Millard. But cometh the hour cometh the man & with a mixture of touch, aggression & a few scoops Will found the gaps & had an excellent young running partner to whittle away the deficit, as some sloppy fielding boosted their confidence with a few overthrows. But with 14 still required from the final over to be bowled by Watts who had only conceded 10 from his 2 previous overs New Milton must have fancied their chances....... just not as much as Wizard Will fancied his as he hit a 6 & two 4s to different parts of the hall to seal a Magical Millard victory.