12th July 2021
South Wilts 35-10, Sway 68-10
An amazing fight back by Sway U11s saw them overcome Southern Premier League founders South Wilts to reach the Hampshire County Cup final where they will play Burridge.
Having lost home advantage due to a washout the previous week, Sway had to made the long trek to Salisbury.
Batting first South Wilts were soon on top with a ruthlessly efficient performance with the ball, behind the stumps and out in the field. Sway had only reached 9 when disaster struck - sharp fielding created mix up and Max Davis was run out for 6. Toby Read was again batting wit care so it was a major blow when he was bowled for 11. Edward Goulding at number 3 also made 11 however once he was dismissed wickets started to tumble with only George Hudson and (10) and Will Bulmer (8) putting up much resistance. There was another huge blow when big hitter Sam Tilier-Wood was run out without facing a ball. At the end Digby Condon scrambled some vital runs but Sway were bowled out for just 68 using just 14 of their allotted 20 overs.
So realistically it looked liked Sway would have to not only take early wickets, but also bowl out South Wilts to have any chance of winning.
Max Davis opened the attack all fired up and bowled the opener with just his second ball. Bowling the other opener in his 3rd over, Davis finished with superb figures of 3-0-8-2.
At the other end, Sway had gone "pace off" with Albie Glass and his 2 overs for just 3 runs piled the pressure on South Wilts.
So the big question was whether Sway's 1st change bowlers could keep up the pressure - and they managed much more than that! Reid was gun barrel straight and Goulding's RH around hard to play. The pair blew away the middle order, Goulding taking 2 wickets for just 8 runs in his 4 overs and Reid 4 wickets for just 8 runs. With Hugh McIlroy sharp behind the stumps, solid fielding, a catch from Glass and and one handed claw over his head from Reid running back at cover, South Wilts were desperate to see off Reid and Goulding - but they never made it that far, Reid cleaning up their last batsmen to see the hosts skittled out for just 35.
Regardless of what happens in the final, this match will certainly go down as once of the greatest ever performances by a Sway colts side!