23rd May 2021

Bernard blows away Compton

Sway 148; Compton & Chandlers Ford 64

Hants County One

A blistering spell from Hugh Bernard blew away Compton & Chandlers Ford and ensured Sway made it three wins from three.

In a fiery four over burst spell he took 5-6 as the visitors crumbled on a challenging wicket that tested batsmen from both sides.

Bowling in tandem with quick John Grasham (2-18), Bernard bowled and bounced out Compton’s lower order, carrying on good work from openers Jon Waller (2-22) and David Steadman (1-16), while Sway were excellent in the field, with Waller, Steadman, Oscar Marshall and ‘keeper Alex Hall snaffling catches.

Earlier in the day Sway had battled hard to post 148 against a decent Compton attack. Having lost two wickets early Hall (24) and Dan Bailey (39) steadied the ship – Bailey hammering 19 off one over – before the pair perished in quick succession.

There were cameos from Josh Bailey and Adam Clark – who both got 11 – while the hosts owed a lot to Steadman. His excellent a patient and hard fought 29 steadied the innings and helped Sway post a total that proved far out of Compton’s reach.