25th August 2020
Sway 254-8, Fawley 130-8. Match Drawn
Sway skipper Olly Marshall won the toss and elected to bat on a fine surface, opening himself along with U14 Alex Condon. The pair were going along in untroubled fashion until Marshall was run out for 11. U14 Oscar Hudson was also looking untroubled until an over ambitious shot saw him bowled by the impressive Isaac Lovell (7-0-29-1). This brought U9 prodigy Max Davis to the crease and he had already hit one boundary when he became the 2nd victim of overambitious running between the wickets. U12 Jasper Condon joined his brother but was bowled by Fawley's exciting young spinner Allam (6-0-29-1). U13 Tom O'Callaghan was in at 6 and the 6'2 youngster used his long levers to hammer balls to the boundary. Together with Condon the pair put on 56 for the 5th wicket. Condon breezed past his maiden half century before eventually holing out for 76 and O'Callaghan also brought up his first 50. U14 Lucas Andrews then had the opportunity to bat with former Sway colt Tom Burton, Andrews playing some fine strokes before being stumped for 20. Burton was trapped LBW for 30 and after a cameo from Chris Davis, Sway reached 254-8 at the half way point.
In reply Sway went "pace off" the skipper bowling himself along with Jasper Condon. Fawley meanwhile, chasing such a large total opened with two of their older players, S Bamfield and J Hawkins. Despite the early loss of Bamfield to Condon (7-1-19-1) and number 3 Rogers to Marshall (6-1-18-2), Hawkins was looking very dangerous, the total reaching 75 off 15 overs. It was the introduction of Andrews that took the Fawley win out of the equation - bowling Hawkins for 39. Now it was a question of whether Sway could force a win against resolute defence from Fawley's youngsters. Lovell and Cox performed amazing feats of concentration only playing what they had to as the overs remaining ticked down. Lovell's long vigil was eventually ended when he was caught off Marshall for 30, and Max Davis bowled Cox for 6. Davis (8-0-27-3) and picked up two further wickets to complete an impressive debut in this format.
Fawley's youngsters continued to put up stout resistance however with numbers 9 &10 Allam and J Banfield seeing off the last few overs to secure a draw for the home side.
So that competes an impressive TWT campaign for Sway - long gone are the days when the senior players in the team needed to actually do anything at all other than drive cars, the youngsters doing all the hard work themselves!
Back row L-R: Chris
Davis, Pete Bennet, Tom O'Callaghan, Alex Condon, Oscar Hudson, Dave
Front Row L-R: Jasper Condon, Max Davis, Olly Marshall (c), Lucas Andrews