31st August 2019
Run fest caps brilliant season
Sway I 319-4 OTs & Romsey II 304
Hants County Div One.
A fantastic tumbling catch in the gloom by Jack Walton a short time
after 8pm ended an astonishing game and a terrific first season for Sway
in Hampshire County One.
Walton’s effort secured a 14-run win for Sway and finished a remarkable
game in which 614 runs were scored and there were a number of brilliant
innings – none more so than Sway captain Tim Noble’s 124.
Having lost the toss and been asked to bat, Noble was in imperious form,
striking 18 boundaries in his magnificent innings, which ended in the
He was aided by several others; Will Millard hit an excellent 47, top
run scorer for the season Dan Bailey got 46 before there were stylish
fireworks from South African Jayvier Dehning.
Dehning, who has looked in good touch in recent weeks having now
familiarised himself with English wickets, hit a stunning 22-ball
unbeaten 55, with one of his maximums sailing over the sidescreen and
another almost landing in the road, as Sway clocked up an imposing
However, Sway soon knew they were in for a game when Rhys Wathen struck
23 off the opening over in the reply and soon notched his 50 when OTs
were on 56.
By then David Steadman (3-74) had got the first of his wickets, and
young leggie Josh Bailey (3-58) had also come to the party, keeper Alex
Hall and Noble taking good catches.
However, when Wathen was joined by Sam Costly and the pair were going
well – Ots were 175-4 at drinks! – it looked as though incredibly Sway
had not got enough runs.
But Steadman returned to bowl Wathen after he notched up his ton, and
Sway turned the screw with excellent spells from John Grasham (1-49) Dan
Bailey and the economical Walton and things started to point their way.
After a close run out and some good fielding amid the franticness of the
finish, Walton finally caught Costly for 79 off Dan Bailey to spark
jubilant celebrations from the home side, who finished fourth and just
missed out on promotion, so should be hugely proud of their debut season
in County One.
Report by Jon Waller
Jayvier with the boys