Lymington II 152,
Hants County One
Sway captain Tim Noble returned to haunt his former club, hitting an
accomplished 61 on a damp wicket and helping the visitors make it
seven wins from seven.
Having had to wait for an hour for the pitch to dry and been invited
to bat first on a tricky wicket, Noble and Alex Hall (29) gave the
visitors an excellent start.
Striking seven balls in his 114-ball knock, Noble was aided by
cameos from Dave Steadman (11) and a brilliant 30 from Oscar
Marshall before Hugh Bernard crushed two huge sixes on his merry way
to a quick 16 and Will Crossley struck a maximum on his brief,
unbeaten debut as Sway racked up 184-7, a decent total on the
challenging surface but one that was not out of reach.
In reply Sway soon set about Lymington’s top order, with Steadman
(2-20) and Jon Waller (2-21) making early inroads.
Hugh Bernard (2-23) struck two important blows with two absolute
beauties and Lymington looked out of it at 81-6, only for some
uncharacteristically sloppy fielding and bowling – not helped by a
wet ball – meaning the hosts got an outside sniff.
However, Dan Bailey (3-44) firmly shut the door on that, aided by a
Hall stumping, and Josh Bailey bowled nicely and claimed the last
wicket as Sway ran out winners by 34 runs.