19th May 2021

Noble's boys dodge rain to stay top

Easton & Martyr Worthy 82, Sway 215;

Hants County One

With almost all games in Hampshire washed away by heavy rain all afternoon, it was a minor miracle that the rain failed to arrive at this match!

Excellent fifties from Alex Hall and David Steadman - aided by some brutal late order hitting - enabled Sway to set up what ultimately proved to be a commanding victory. There were, however, a few jitters when Sway, having been put in to bat, slipped to 72-4 at the halfway point. That was in spite of the visitors getting a terrific 55-run head start by Hall and fellow opener Tim Noble (26).

The game turned back in Sway's favour when Hall was joined by Steadman, who survived an early run out scare. The pair batted brilliantly, with Steadman circumspect at the start before crushing two maximums and Hall flailing one ball over extra cover for six in his 57. When Hall departed Steadman carried on in his merry way to notch up his 50, laying the platform for an end of the innings run feast, with blows from Josh Bailey before Hugh Bernard smacked a glorious 22 off seven balls and Jon Grasham 13 off just four.

The reply began after a rain shower during the tea interval threatened to derail Sway's hopes, and left Easton needing a revised 195 off 34 overs.  With the clouds darkening Sway set to work among the hosts batting, opening pair Jon Waller and Dave Steadman making early inroads, and by the time good work by Tom Burton secured a run out to leave Easton 39-3 off 15 overs, the game was Sway's unless the rain came to Easton's rescue. Alas the showers stayed away as Dan Bailey (3-26) ran through the hosts middle order, assisted by Grasham (2-12).Bernard (2-11) polished off the tail to leave Sway two wins from two.

Alex Hall - back on form at the top of Sway's order.