8th July 2021
U13s in last ball drama!
Sway U13s were involved in a classic encounter this evening v Bashley B at the BCG.
The home side elected to bat first and got off to a flying start smashing 14 off the 1st over and their big hitting opener Will Dennis raced on to 22 before the first of the evenings key moments. Declan Treacey's West Indies-style searingly quick bouncer was positively hostile, right up at the head and Dennis could only fend it off, the looping catch caught was Jasper Condon running back from slip.
Sway then squeezed the run rate in the middle overs with a couple of tidy overs from Seth Pickering, Kai Hale and Ryan O'Mara in particular. However, Sway lost a bit of focus and the extras piled up taking the pressure off Bashley with the only other wicket taken going to U11 star Henry Bockle as Bashley finished up on 114-2 off 16 overs.
Sway opened their reply with Condon and Pickering and just like Bashley, got off to a flying start reaching 22 off 3 overs. Pickering however was caught off a leading edge for 10 and number 3 was Austin Hudson was superbly caught and bowled for 2. Declan Treacey in at 4 looked well in control of the run chase but when he nicked one through to the excellent young keeper for 10 Bashley sniffed a chance.
When Condon retired on 30, the Bashley fielders close in to put the squeeze on. From being 25 ahead of Bashley at the half way point, runs became harder to get and wickets fell so that 21 runs were needed off the last 3 overs with 3 wickets left.
Bashley then bowled a Sway bat with the first ball of the 14th over bringing the retired Condon back to the crease to support Charlie Maityard who was doing a brilliant job on 15no.
So followed chaotic scrambled singles and leg byes and with one over to go 8 runs were need for victory......tension mounting in the dank gloom!
The drama was only just beginning - tight bowling saw just 3 runs come off the first five balls. So 5 to win or 4 to tie off the last ball with Condon turning down a single off the 5th to keep the strike. The coach always had faith that Condon was just waiting for the right ball in his zone and so it proved - advancing up the wicket he smashed the final delivery over the ropes and right out of the ground to spark jubilant scenes!
Great game to watch - Bashley played really well and were unlucky....but great entertainment and proper T20 finishing that would not look out of place in pro cricket.
Finisher - Jasper Condon