17th July 2021
Hants County Div 1
A magnificent137 by Dan
Bailey set up Sway for their 10th win on the spin, with his astonishing
hitting spree seeing him bludgeon 87 of his runs off his last 34 balls.
Sway had set a platform at 130-5 when Oscar Marshall was out for 27 in
the 31st over, and ‘skipper Tim Noble sent out Hugh Bernard to join
Bailey – who by that time had brought up his fifty off 77 balls – with
the instruction the two had to ‘get on with it’.
What happened next was simply awesome as Bernard smacked four massive
sixes in blazing his way to 37 off 14 balls before Bailey took apart the
visiting Portsmouth attack, hammering 11 sixes – which included him
hitting three maximums in a row three times.
The pair brought up their 100 partnership in just 42 balls and by the
end Bailey had players from both sides in awe before being out the last
ball of the innings for 137 off 111 balls, as Sway posted an
unassailable 267-5 off their 40 overs. That included an excellent early
contribution from Will Crossley (24) as he stewarded Sway through an
early difficult spell – the home side having been 4-2 at one stage.
In reply, Sway fared well with the ball, as Steadman (2-20) and Jonathan
Waller (1-25), reduced the visitors to 15-3. There was stubborn
resistance from Dan Wallis and Indy Chakrabati, the pair batting nicely
before Josh Bailey (2-35) got the latter and the decent looking Nicky
Wyatt for 25.
As Sway searched for maximum points, Noble introduced Jon Grasham and
his very fiery spell brought instant reward as he shot out Wallis for a
good 48 on his way to returning an excellent 3-13, while Bernard (1-14)
got a scalp.
Fittingly, the final word of the day went to that man Dan Bailey – who
produced a terrific direct hit to claim the last wicket.