2nd June 2021

Sway through to Stone Cup Semi Final

Quarter final night down at Jubilee, maximum capacity crowd, bar open - the tension was palpable. Sways foes, Pylewell - who were asked to field first. Sway opened up with Sam Nailor and Adam Clark, the pair got off to a steady start with Clark playing an array of lovely shots – however he soon departed for 23. In the words of Mike Skinner ‘Don’t mug yourself’ however Niall Gallagher came in and did exactly that. After mistiming everything he attempted a reverse sweep and was subsequently LBW for a brisk 15.

A flurry of Sway batsman came and went with Chris Morris and Arnie Badami departing cheaply. Freddie Pearson biffed a four before departing, Jake Olney tried to rotate the strike but then fell after a nice cameo. With Nailor ticking on at the other end, Marshall and Stevenson tried to get him on strike but it wasn’t quite happening for Sway on a tricky pitch. Innings ending on 99 with Nailor 36*.

A low total to defend, Sway would need to be on it from ball one. They were, with the fearsome Freddie Pearson taking a gallant caught on bowled on the first ball of the innings. Sway then turned the screw, with tight bowling from Marshall and Nailor. Runs weren’t easy to score – especially with some excellent fielding on display from Sway. Noah Glass was turning it country miles for no reward.

With 21 required off 18 Sway needed a wicket and Steve Drayton was rewarded for persistence claimed the wicket Sway so desperately craved. Sammy Nailor zinged down the penultimate over at a frightening pace conceding only a handful of runs. 16 required off the final over, the wise old miserly fox Marshall was asked to bowl it. He started with a Yorker outside off – dot. He then bettered it, sending the ball crashing into off stump and silencing the away fans. The new bat came and went next ball with Dave also bowling him. Sway nearly there and with the last 3 balls not amounting to much, Pylewell finished on 88 from their 18 overs. A huge win for Sway, who can take great confidence in defending such a low total. A really good game of cricket with a decent turn out (Mainly people who wanted to train)

Man of the Match: Dapper for scoring the whole game #ClubMan