Captain's innings gets 1st XI off to winning start on CD1 debut
Alton II 155, Sway 156-5
HANTS COUNTY DIV 1
Sway skipper Tim Noble led his side home in their first ever contest at Hampshire County One level with a fantastic unbeaten 64 on what proved to be a tricky opening season wicket at Alton
The skipper struck seven boundaries in a watchful knock and was ably assisted by Alex Hall (10), Oscar Marshall (13) and Jack Walton (16) against an accurate attack before a brief but terrific cameo from Neil Prince (21) helped the visitors get over the line.
They were chasing 156 thanks to an excellent and accomplished performance from the bowlers – Noble having lost the toss and surprisingly been asked to bowl on a very green wicket.
The first ball of the season had some drama – Jon Waller fell over delivering it and it had to be re-bowled – but after that he settled into a groove and led the attack well with an excellent spell of 10 overs, five maidens 1-14 – his wicket aided by a safe slip catch by Jon Grasham.
Matt Bramwell (1-20) was very good, his wicket helped by a stunning running catch from Oscar Marshall, while Jack Walton bowled a tidy spell – capturing Alton’s Andrew Pearce (who sportingly decided to walk off the field when he thinly edged through to Hall).
Having struggled to 36-3 at drinks Alton staged a mini recovery and looked handily placed at 110-3 with 12 overs left. However, a clutch of wickets then happened, which checked their progress.
Chief tormentor with the ball was Dan Bailey, whose 4-16 in the final overs crucially swung the game to Sway, helped by catches by Waller and Walton.
His twin brother Josh Bailey bowled well without reward while there were two brilliant run-outs, by Marshall and Walton, to help restrict the score to one Sway reached with a few overs to spare.
Tim Noble - Captain's innings