18th August 2019

Dan’s the man in 1st XI run fest

Sway I 281-5;Havant II 214

Hants County Div 1.

A magnificent139 from Dan Bailey off just 89 balls set up Sway for what proved to be a tense win – the visitors making a fine effort in trying to chase down a big home score.

Bailey walked to the crease with the score at 72-2 off 25 overs, Sway having been asked to bat on what appeared to be a tricky pitch. At the beginning of his innings Bailey was watchful but started to go up the gears as he reached his 50 off as many balls.

Once he reached the landmark however, and had found a willing partner in Oscar Marshall, Bailey produced some absolutely monstrous hitting.

In all Bailey’s scintillating knock included eight huge sixes and 10 fours that had spectators ducking for cover and on their feet applauding.

The hitting by Bailey and Marshall, who smacked an unbeaten 40, was such the pair took one bowler for 48 off two overs at the back end of the innings, the unlucky victim begging the umpire for his cap back when he still had a ball to bowl!

When the innings closed Bailey had turned Sway from heading towards a decent score to an unassailable one. All the other batsmen who went to the crease pitched in; skipper Tim Noble and Alex Hall both hit 17, Will Millard nurdled his way to 30, while Jack Walton looked good for his 16.

Chasing Sway’s monstrous total, the visitors had a bad start first ball of the innings when their skipper left a Jonathan Waller ball that nipped back and bowled. Waller went on to claim 3-27, also grabbing the important wicket of Hayward in his final over, Sam Nailor taking a smart catch.

Sway had a setback when Matt Bramwell pulled up early injured, but Jack Walton claimed two good run outs and when Josh Bailey (2-49) took two wickets in two balls during his tidy spell, Havant were 125-7 and staring down the barrel..

But all was not over quite yet. Ben Turk had by then already struck a couple of lusty blows and he then decided to go on the rampage, bludgeoning his own century – his 129 coming off of 81 balls.

Sway couldn’t quite work out a plan to get him out – although they did drop him three times and caught him off a no-ball – and he kept hitting, Havant going at 12 an over for 11 overs and suddenly building momentum.

But then Walton grabbed the wicket of Morgan Cripps for 34, well caught by Noble, and the final key moment happened, Sam Nailor (1-35) taking a fabulous caught and bowled to get rid of Turk and effectively end the innings. Dan Bailey had the final say, bowling the number 11 to give Sway a 32-run and 24-point win, that means they still have a slim, outside shot at promotion.

Dan Bailey 139 off just 89 balls