29th May 2021

Noble knock sees off Hursley

Hursley Park 116, Sway I 117-3. Sway won by 7 wickets

Hants County 1

Sway captain Tim Noble hit a battling 47 before some brutal late order hitting from Dan Bailey helped the visitors get over the line on what was a very difficult wicket.

On a damp, green The Quarters pitch, Sway were forced to work hard to overcome an accurate Hursley attack having got bogged down to the extent they were 23 off 21 overs and needing to up the rate.

A 54-run partnership between Noble and Oscar Marshall (23) had the pair scampering between the wickets to up the ante, and gave Bailey licence to play freely when he came to the crease as he smacked two crushing blows and Sway got over the line with more than four overs to spare.

Noble hit four boundaries in his innings, which was ended just before the total was reached, enabling Dave Steadman to crack the winning runs.

Earlier in the day a good Sway won the toss and bowled fist, with a good all-round bowling performance setting up a modest chase.

Hursley had ambled to 34 off 15 overs before Hugh Bernard produced a superb catch off Steadman (1-19) to get the first scalp, and in the next over Prince took a smart grab to get Jon Waller (1-15) a wicket.

Jon Grasham (2-21) and Bernard (2-23), made inroads into the middle order, before Dan Bailey (2-12) and Josh Bailey (2-22), wrapped up proceedings, the brothers aided by two very smart slip catches by Grasham.