June 24th 2019

Classy Walt helps Sway make it six from six

Sway 1st XI 131-2, Bedhampton Mariners 130. Sway won 8 wickets

A superb performance in the field set Sway up for a comfortable win that cemented their position at the top of Hampshire County Division One. All the more impressive was the fact they did it without usual skipper Tim Noble, Jack Walton stepping in and delivering a brilliant performance.

After losing the toss and being asked to bowl Sway’s accurate attack of David Steadman and Jon Waller toiled without initial reward. It was Josh Bailey (2-35) who made the first two breakthroughs, his second wicket being safely held in the covers by the terrific Jack Baughan.

Waller (1-28) then got in the act as Bedhampton lurched from 33-0 to 49-3 and with Walton, Dan Bailey and Sam Nailor then turning the screw, Bedhampton’s lower order buckled.

Two great catches close in from Neil Prince – one an absolute grasp at short-leg – aided the home side as Walton claimed 2-18 off his 10 overs, while Dan Bailey got 2-24 and the excellent Nailor swiftly mopped up the tail to take 3-6.

Tom Thorp opened with Alex Hall and the pair started well until the latter snicked off to slip, so Walton joined Thorp and the pair looked accomplished in putting together a 71-run partnership.

Having reached 36 Thorp was adjudged to be run out and had to drag himself off, but there was no let up for the visitors as Dan Bailey helped Walton finish the job, smacking a run a ball 35 while Walton finished on 45 in what was a classy knock.

Jack Walton - Classy knock from former Sway U11