Lyndhurst & Ashurst I 169ao, Sway II 294-2
A maiden century for Will Millard, well-made 50s for Adam Clark and Tom Thorp followed a late-innings blitzkrieg from Tom Burton proved too hard an act to follow for Lyndhurst & Ashurst.
With the historic old ground looking stunning in warm early summer sunshine, Sway skipper Steve How won the toss and elected to bat first,
Millard and Clark opened up for Sway and were rarely troubled, putting on 109 for the 1st wicket at a decent pace before Clark was caught behind for 57. The run rate gradually picked up with Thorpe now at the crease to partner Millard and there was a sense of anticipation for when the onslaught would begin. When Millard was finally caught behind just after making his century off 114 balls, the cue for the attack duly begun with the entry on big hitting youngster Tom Burton.
Burton proceeded to put the home bowlers to the sword and in an awesome display of power hitting smashing an unbeaten 53 off just 23 balls. With Thorpe also unbeaten on 64, Sway hack racked up an impressive total of 204-2 off their 45 overs.
The home side however got off to a good start in their reply aided by some generous bowling and an ankle injury for Sam Nailor.They were well on the rate when Sam Constable was bowled by F-J Charton for 30. Sway gradually tightened up both the bowling and the fielding including a sharp run out for Steve How. How picked up three wickets himself with the ball inluding the resolute opener Simon Park but the highlight of the Sway bowling was the spells of 9-2-35-3 from Sam Leaton. Gradually Lyndhurst & Ashurst's chances of chasing receded as wickets went down and imaximum points were secured when Dave Marshall wrapped up the final two wickets to leave Sway victorious by 125 runs.
Will Millard - Maiden Sway ton
Tom Thorpe in action
Watch out! Burton's batting