Superb Burton ton not quite enough
Sway II 229-5, Paultons II 231-8
New Sway skipper Steve How won the toss and elected to bat first on good looking deck. Sway opened with Adam Clark and Will Millard – the pair getting off to a steady start against some really tight lines. With the score on 31, Millard edged one though to the keeping bring in Tom Thorp to join Clark.
The fine Paultons bowling continued with freebies few and far between – Harry Ottenbrajt bowling an outstanding spell of 9 overs for just 15 runs. Despite this, the Sway pair continued to build a solid base and the score progressed to 78 before Clark was run out for 31. The Sway innings was then transformed by the arrival at the crease of U16 star Tom Burton. Burton was soon into his groove and the score began to accelerate. Thorpe was LBW for decent knock of 40, bringing in skipper How to provide a supporting act for Burton.
Burton proceeded to batter the previously tight bowling attack, smashing 6 sixes and 8 fours on his way to magnificent century off just 60 balls. With How contributing 24, Sway ended their innings on 229-5.
F-J Charton and Dave Marshall opened the bowling attack and it was pretty much even stevens. Sway made the breakthrough when Charton had former Lyndhurst & Ashurst run-merchant Simon George caught for 4. Fellow opener Brown was caught by Burton off Marshall (9-2-33-1).
Left handed Mark Lamb and A Collins however got Paultons into the driving seat putting on 64 for the 3rd wicket with some sensible play. Sway suffered a setback when Chris Morris hurt his foot bowling and with Paultons taking a shine to Burton's bowling, occasional bowler Will Millard (8-0-55-2) suddenly found himself having to bowl an 8 over spell. A mixed bag of deliveries did produce two important wickets – Collins (36) was superbly caught by Burton as deep mid on, and Holgate was caught and bowled.
When Burton was forced out of the attack for too many beamers, eyes were cast around the field for alternatives. Up stepped Adam Clark, who unable to keep wicket due to injury found himself bowling.....and his very first ball was slapped straight to the safe hands of Marshall at mid wicket.
So despite struggling to find bowlers and conceding too many extras, Sway were suddenly in with a good chance of winning the game with Paultons subsiding to 211-8. With two overs to go, Paultons needed 17 runs to win. The penultimate over from Steve How's (9-0-32-0) was excellent aside from a magnificent 6 from number 10 Aaron Ottembrajt.
So going into the final over, Paultons needed 8 to win. Alas F-J Charton's (8.3-0-37-3) final over did not go to plan – 4 runs coming off wides in the first two balls making the equation much more straightforward and Paultons made it home with 3 balls to spare.