9th August 2020

Bashley U11s 118-3 Sway 115-5

Bashley avenged a series of narrow defeats to Sway U11s edging out the visitors in yet another entertaining & close game at a scorching BCG as probably the two best sides in the Forest went head to head.

Sway won the toss and elected to field with skipper Toby Reid taking the new ball partnered with Ossian Badami against classy Bashley openers Max Bigell and Adam Bourne. Tight lines from the Sway pair but rock solid defence from Bahsley saw a stand off with just three runs coming from the first two overs.  Bourne soon started to open up with a series of attractive attractive strokes before being yorked for 17 by Edward Goulding. This brought Will Hayward to the crease who along with Bigell played a series lovely straight strokes in the "V" taking the score to 58 at the halfway stage. With this pair both safely retired, Sway managed to squeeze the run rate a little with good spells from George Hudson and Ono Anyan. Bullet arms in the outfield from Lawrence Warner and Will Bulmer restricted Bashley to mostly singles. Bulmer and Austin Hulme both picked up wickets later on in the Bashley innings however some fine hitting by Finn Lewis saw Bashley reach a competitive score of 118 for three of their 16 overs.

Sway opened their reply with Reid and Anyan and raced off to a great start of 19 off the first two overs before the latest in a a family of impressive bowlers, Daniel Manning bowled Anyan.  Bulmer and Read continued to plunder runs hitting nine boundaries between them before Read retired on 26. Sway had been running well between the wickets but with Bashley bowling tight lines, Sway had to take increasingly big risks and it was surely only a matter of time before there would be a direct hit - and so it proved with Will Bulmer being run out for 20 as Sway reached 62 at the halfway stage. Lawrence Warner was also unlucky to be run out as Sway tried to keep the scoreboard ticking over against some excellent bowling from Bashley which gave very little to hit. Hugh McIlroy and George Hudson did really well against good bowling with McIlroy eventually retiring on 22. Excellent overs from Penny Dirou and Finn Lewis saw the required run rate continue to creep up - there were very few bad balls or wides on offer so Sway had to keep risking the quick singles which saw Badami run out. Sway were still in the game, however a superb two overs for just four runs from Adam Bourne at the death made the difference and whilst Sway still had a chance going into the final over and then needing needing six of the last ball, Bashley closed out an exciting game, deservedly wining by 3 runs with Edward Edward Goulding 15 not out for Sway.