July 13th 2019

Positives for under strength Sway in defeat

Sway I 170, Parley I 286-8
 
Hants County Division One.

 
A depleted Sway outfit did its best against a strong Parley side, causing a few jitters in the process, and can take some pride from a contest in which they were ultimately well beaten.
 
In their chase of Parley’s formidable 286 Sway’s top order was ripped open by a superb new ball burst from Ollie Green that left the hosts 2-3, but a terrific partnership between David Steadman (54) and Oscar Marshall (33) put Sway in a brilliant position at drinks.
 
Steadman had crushed two sixes on his way to a counter-attacking half century but fell going for one big shot too many while Marshall ably supported him. 
 
After those two departed Sway’s hopes rested with Tom Thorp and Same Nailor, the pair each hitting 20 before perishing.
 
Earlier on in the day Sway started well with the ball, Parley limping to 30-1 off 16 overs against Steadman and Jon Waller, both of whom could justifiably have got more reward. 
 
Waller (1-39) made the initial breakthrough but Sway could not snaffle a second wicket and paid the price as Jack Rowett went onto 96 and the classy Alex Nippard hit a chanceless 79. 
 
The pair fell to the excellent Nailor (2-45), while Matt Bramwell (1-59) did well and got in-to the wickets thanks to a terrific Neil Prince catch and Steadman ended up with an excellent 2-35 after a very tidy spell.