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 penultimate over.

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 319-4.

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