August 4th 2019

Youngsters shine despite Wimborne defeat

Wimborne triumphed in the first leg of El Pastyco - an entertaining friendly against a very competitive Dorset side. The game was marked by series of talking points - more later on.

Wimborne won the toss and naturally chose to bat first on a good deck.

Nick Kiernan, who regularly makes tons against Sway opened up with experienced Brett Sanders. It was an intriguing start as Noah Glassí spin cause all sorts or difficulties. At the other end came talking point number one - Jame...s Howard fielding a sharp drive off his own bowling was hit direct on his sunglasses which in turn gave him a black eye, rendering the shades unnecessary.... but probably prevented a more serious injury.

The big breakthrough for Sway came when Glass (8-1-44-1) bowled Keirnan for 23 just as he started cutting loose.

The second talking point was the introduction of Christian Morris who bowled 2 wicket maidens in a row.

Wimborne youngster Wilcox was however playing superbly on his way to an unbeaten 82.

There were encouraging spells from 3 Sway youngsters, Lucas Andrews, Callan Wallis and debutant U12 Oscar Davis.

The next talking point was a neat bit of symmetry- big hitting C Jerrard was caught high over his head by Dave Marshall on the mid on boundary off the bowling of Olly Marshall. The feat was then reversed in the following over - obviously in the genes!

Wimborne finished up on 246-5 off their 38 overs.

After a fine tea, skipper Dan Bailey and Adam Marshall started the chase. Bailey tucked into the Wimborne quicks with a rapid 45 off just 28 balls whilst Marshall was solid in defence. There then followed a talking point that would have kept the late Dave Hurrell chuckling for years to come - a 50 partnership between Bailey and Marshall - with Bailey scoring all the runs!

When Bailey and Adam both holed out, Glass and Olly Marshall kept the score going nicely against the spinners including the particularly tricky chinaman bowler Matt Ryan. Glass was unlucky to be caught in a trap at backward square leg for 6 and Olly Marshall was going very well before he was brilliantly caught one handed in the same position for 19.

It was then the turn of Lukas Sanger and Chris Morris to provide the entertainment. Sanger played well for his 10 and Morris dealt In boundaries before holing out for 12. Oscar Davis was steadfast and when he was out Dave Marshall provided to some late thrills with a quickfire 26 at number 9 as Sway fell somewhat short on 151.

The return leg is in 2 weeks time - great venue that has hosted minor counties matches this season at apparently a batsmenís paradise at the moment - get your names down now!

Oscar Davis debut