Steadman burst sets up Sway win
Hursley Park 144 Sway 147-6
Hants County Div 1
Sway kept their slim promotion prospects alive with a win at Hursley, Jayvier Dehning blasting the winning runs to see them home.
The victory was helped by skipper Tim Noble winning the toss and putting the hosts into bat and a terrific new ball burst from David Steadman (4-12) who tore through the Hursley top order, helped by two grabs behind the stumps by Alex Hall.
The case was helped with a comical run-out when a batsman stopped to pick up a dropped glove and ended up just short – aided by a good throw from Sam Nailor – before change bowlers Jack Walton (1-12 off 10 overs) and Jon Grasham (1-26) turned the screw.
Hurlsey limped to 80-8 with 12 overs to go but a late flurry and some sloppy fielding helped them get 40 more than they should have. However, the spin pairing of Josh Bailey (2-28) and Dan Bailey (1-20) ensured things were kept under control in what was an overall decent showing.
In reply all of Sway’s batsmen contributed in overhauling the total against an accurate bowling attack and a tricky wicket.
Noble (17) and Hall (24) both looked good while Oscar Marshall started well before perishing to an unbelievable grab down the leg side by the hosts wicketkeeper.
Dan Bailey (30) struck a huge six and dominated the bowling with some lusty blows and Walton (14) and Nailor (13) both hit some nice shots.
But it was left to Dehning (with an unbeaten 24) to bludgeon the winning boundary, his fifth in what was a promising 30-ball innings that bodes well for the rest of the season.