May 11th 2019

Top win for 2nd XI

Sway II 238-7 Pylewell Park 237-5. Sway won by 3 wickets

With a host of availability issues, 2nd XI skipper Steve How had to plunder the 3rd team for players including his dad Rick as well as Sway legend Steve Hannibal.

How won the toss and elect to bowl first and the decision looked a good one when opener Ash Russell drove the ball straight to Dan Stevenson at cover off F-J Charton.

Pylelwell were unperturbed by the early loss, however, with Tom Sterling and Dom Norton soon into the groove and scoring well.  The pair put on 68 runs before Sterling was bowled by skipper How. Dom Helliwell played some nice strokes but he too fell victim to How before he could really inflict any serious damage.

Norton and Pylewell skipper Jonny Kennendy started to take a shine to the Sway change bowlers it looked like Sway might be chasing a large total before one of the highlights of the game. 3rd XI all-rounder Colin Crosthwaite (9-0-47-1) took a yard of pace off the ball and Norton was through his shot early - Crosthwaite sticking out his hand to take a great catch to dismiss the key batsman for 43.

There then followed a cagey period of play - Kennedy and Carl Brooks on the eve of his wedding not taking too many risks whilst the Sway bowlers gave them not much to play with. Dave Marshall (9-3-28-0). without looking dangerous, put a brake on the scoring as the overs passed and with wickets in hand the onslaught was awaited. It  never really came however as Kennedy snicked thought to keeper Clark off Charton (9-1-57-2) whilst Brooks hit an unbeaten 52 off 45 balls  - a perfect way to bowl a maiden over!

Pylewell's total of 237-5 was probably par, and probably also the best Sway could have hoped for given their shortage in the bowling department.

The Sway reply got off to an excellent start, Will Millard and Adam Clark seeming untroubled, putting on 107 for the first wicket before  Clark nicked one through to the keeper for a well made 57. Number 3 Dan Stevenson received  brute of a yorker and was bowled and Millard was unfortunately to also be bowled off a deflection off his foot for an excellent 62. When Steve How rather tamely chipped a caught and bowled back to the bowled, Pylewell has a sniff of an opportunity at 173-4.

A key moment in the game came when Sway danger man  Tom Burton drove the ball in the air into the covers - the tallest man on the field Brad Varley managed to get a hand to it at full strength but could not pouch the catch. Predictably   Burton took full advantage and took Sway close to victory with a super knock of 54 runs off 38 balls including three sixes.

The dismissal of Burton and also Reece Owen after the briefest of cameos, meant that Sway needing 11 runs to win with 3 wickets remaining however despite Pylewell's bowlers straining every sinew, the experience of Charton and Marshall saw Sway home with 22 balls to spare.

As ever, a very competitive game played in an excellent spirit!