5th June 2021

3rd XI shake off rust

Winton II 109, Sway III 110-6

If Sway 3rd XI were a little rusty in their long delayed season opener the previous week, the rust was well and truly brushed off as they produced a clinical performance to beat Winton 2nds.

After a traffic infested trip over to Ferndown , Sway were very pleasantly surprised by the good looking wicket and even better looking outfield at King Geroge V playing fields.

Nevertheless on winning the toss Sway skipper Dave Marshall elected to bowl first and opened with the pace of U15 Connor Treacey and veteran line & length of Steve Drayton. The pair were on the money from the very first ball denying Winton any scoring opportunities and in the 2nd over Drayton struck when a mis-timed drive was caught low to his right by Olly Marshall in the covers. This set the tone as Winton continued to struggle, reaching just 10 runs off the first 8 overs.

Enter the change bowlers, Olly Marshall and dad Dave Marshall. The U14 off spinner produced enough deliveries to coax Winton out of their defence, picking up two wickets LBW and a 3rd bowled from a reckless heave-ho as Winton slumped to 35-4 off 15 overs.

At the other end Marshall senior took himself off after some indifferent overs, introducing U14 debutant Oscar Davis. A tidy first over built some pressure which then paid off next over when a low full toss was hammered straight into the safe hands of Dave Marshall at cover. The remaining Winton opening bat had watched his team-mates come and go, no doubt frustrated by their efforts and at 5 wickets down he decided that he had better open up himself only to find him getting a big leading edge off Davis which was caught above his head by Noah Glass as mid on.

At one point Winton looked like they might be skittled for 50 or 60 however their number 8 Uddin produced a series of very hard hits and scored a rapid 33 before Glass had him caught at a deepish mid wicket by Drayton. Number 9 Ramanaik could clearly handle a bat but Sway managed the strike well, exposing the tail to a returning Marshall senior who polished off the last two batsmen in consecutive balls to leave Winton all out for 109.

After short break that caught out Sway opening bat, Olly Marshall at the ice cream van, Marshall scrambled his pads on to open up the chase with Casper Todd. Winton threw their pace attack at it needing early wickets but the Sway pair were absolutely rock solid, putting together an 81 run partnership for the 1st wicket off just 16 overs. When Marshall was caught behind off his nemesis, loopy slow bowler Matt Ryan, Todd followed not long after, bowled by a beauty for a well made 45. There then followed a mini-collapse as Sway lost 4 wickets for not very many runs, however, in truth Sway has some big guns in reserve, having mixed up the batting order a bit. In the end the big guns were not needed as it was left to the youngest player with the coolest head, U13 star Declan Treacey to knock off the winning runs.

Oscar Davis - 2 wickets on debut