Sway A (94-3) beat Ferndown Wayfarers (89 ao) by 3 wkts
With their promotion push in full swing Sway overcame the absence of half the regular team (strangely preferring a game of chance to a game of skill?) to record a convincing victory by pouching some amazing catches .
Stand-in skipper Will Millard asked Ferndown to bat and Dan Stevenson took the gloves to become Sway's 5th different keeper used in 7 matches. Josh Bailey (3-0-22-3) set the tone for the Sway bowling by bemusing the batters (& occasionally Dan S) with his turn & bounce. Just 4 runs off the 1st over was surpassed by 2 wickets in his 2nd, firstly bowling Long and then having the powerful Elsworthy brilliantly caught at full-stretch by a horizontal Neil Prince.
Dan Bailey (2-0-25-0) bowled tidily at the other end but the introduction of Dave Marshall (2.3-0-20-2) put Sway further in charge as Dan B parried & then pouched a scorching drive to make it 29-3 off 4 overs. A regulation catch by Dave off Josh was soon followed by Josh repaying the favour plucking another stunner just inches off the ground to reduce Ferndown to 55-5. Will turned his arm over effectively for a respectable 2-0-21-0 as last man standing Goss took the score to 89 before some sharp work by Dave had him run out.
Sway's response stuttered as a fiery, short-pitched opening salvo from Elsworthy finished with a surprise full straight one to clean Dan S up. That brought Dan B (26 n.o.) in to maintain his good recent form & with Will (9) they took the score steadily to 39 before Will was caught. Neil (18) came to the crease for the 1st time in a long while & looked immediately at home again finding the gaps as Josh (19 n.o.)replaced his retired brother. They briskly took the score to 87 by the 8th over when Neil perished to another straight ball with the finishing line within grasp, leaving it to Josh & Dave to see Sway home in the next over.
The final fixtures of the 3-horse race are:
Sun 10th Mar Ellingham A v Poole Town B...
Thurs 14th March Sway A v Branksome
Sun 17th March Parley B v Bashley Broncos B
Whilst Sway are 4 points clear of Bashley, Bashley have a superior runs per wkts lost ration so to be sure of promotion Sway need 21 points from their final game - equivalent to bowling the opposition out for 125+ then chasing it down.