6th June 2021
Bashley (Rydal) 109-3, Sway 111-7
Junior encounters with Bashley always offer a good marker of where you are as a team as they always put out a team of good young cricketers and today was no different despite both sides featuring a number of younger players due to half term unavailability
Sway featured just 4 U15s and 3 U14s with U12s Austin Hudson and Lawrence Warner stepping up.
Bashley batted first and got off to a flying start with the pace of Connor Treacey too much for the batsmen....but also alas for the Sway fielders. Although Oscar Davis was tidy at the other end, the home side had raced to 37 off just 4 overs and seemed destined for a very large score in 16 over cricket.
Sway took the pace off the ball with Noah Glass and Olly Marshall and the strategy started to work, the next 4 overs going for 22 runs with the added bonus of a wicket - a low diving catch at point by Treacey off Marshall who then also bowled the dangerous Tom Manning as the squeeze increased.
Tom O'Callaghan brushed off his bowling rust to bowl the remaining opener, Sam Davies with a quick ball that came out of his hand at circa 11 feet but failed to follow the expected trajectory! The Bashley 4 and 5 then batted out the remaining overs without further loss - but with the fielders deep and some great throws, boundaries were hard to come by and twos infrequent. The youngsters Warner and Austin Hudson did very well to stop some the hard hits that they would not have been used to. Lucas Andrews bowled a fine spell - hard to get away and was deservedly given the responsibility of bowling the final over and his 3 overs for 15 runs at the death was crucial as Bashley finished up on a rather disappointing 107-3 given the start they had.
Sway opened their run chase with skipper Oscar Hudson and Olly Marshall. The pair played a series of fine strokes to all parts and ran well keeping Sway ahead of the rate right from the off and by the half way point were 10 runs ahead with all wickets in hand. The partnership was 78 before Hudson retired and Marshall was caught for 30. Noah Glass kept Sway well on course and the game looked to be as good as over. Bashley however never know when to give up and have the quality to change games. When both Glass and Treacey were dismissed suddenly there was a wobble and the home side closed in close sniffing a chance of an unlikely victory. A series of near suicidal run outs saw wickets tumbling and going into the final over the tension was palpable as Sway needed just 2 runs for victory. Three dot balls and another run out and suddenly the equation was 2 runs needed off 2 balls. Luckily Hudson had returned to the crease and got a delivery just where he likes it on his hip and the skipper mate no mistake, dispatching the ball to the backward square leg boundary to finish unbeaten on 39.
Oscar Hudson - Captain's knock