6th June 2021

Buoyant 1st XI make it 5 from 5

Sway 217; Fareham & Crofton 106

Hants County One

AN excellent 69 form David Steadman and a four-wicket burst from Hugh Bernard helped Sway make it five wins from five with a win over Fareham & Crofton.

Having opted to bat first, Sway had to battle hard to their total of 217, with Tim Noble, Hall (19) and Oscar Marshall (14) and Dan Bailey (10) all getting starts.

But Steadman, with six fours and a six, was the mainstay of the innings as his mixture of patience and the odd big shot paid off, helped by cameos from Neil Prince (14) and Bernard, before Steadman was finally caught.

Towards the end of the innings the visitors appeared a little frayed, with Jon Grasham (an unbeaten 25) and Sam Nailor (10 not out) adding vital runs and Fareham suffering a huge blow when their best batsman Tom Kent dislocated his finger while taking a bat behind the stumps and requiring a hospital trip that left him unable to bat.

In reply Fareham did not rally get going, with a beauty from Steadman claiming a wicket in the first over and the visitors struggling against the disciplined and accurate Jon Waller, whose 2-13 off eight overs included the key wicket of Daniel Wimble.

When Bernard entered the fray he did instant damage on his way to 4-27, which included an incredible grab by Noble in the gully as Fareham limped to 65-7 and effectively out of the contest.

There was still time for Grasham to grab two scalps - one aided by a terrific Hall grab before some lusty blows saw Fareham past 100, with Dan Bailey (1-16) sealing the win with the final wicket.

David Steadman - crucial knock