17th July 2021
U15 star Noah Glass claimed a 5 wicket haul to set up a much needed victory for Sway 3rd XI against Bransgore II
On a steaming hot day, Dave Marshall lost the toss and unsurprising Bransgore elected to make Sway sweat in the field.
With Steve Drayton injured, Alex Condon was brought in to open the attack - and he grabbed his opportunity with both hands - his first 4 overs going for just 5 runs. Marshall kept up the pressure at the other end and after 11 overs Bransgore had made 37 runs on a rather unpredictable surface as Sway turned to their change bowlers, Noah Glass and Iain Pickering. With 17 runs coming from their respective first overs it looked like Sway had lost control however Glass struck twice - trapping opener LBW and having number 3 caught at mid wicket by Clive Smith.
Bransgore regrouped and some dodgy fielding and even dodgier dropped catches saw he run rate pick up - reaching 81 for 2 at the half way point with a 200+ score looking well on the cards. Back came Glass, however, striking twice in two balls, including the wicket of D Newton who has been plundering boundaries.
This time Sway did not take their grip off the neck of the Bransgore innings. Glass struck again to complete his 5-wicket haul to finish with figures of 8-1-24-5. At the other end, Will Pearson, bowling his first ever proper spell at this level produced a fine display - 7 overs for just 19 runs - robbed of the wickets he deserved by dropped catches. Ollie Smith (4-0-10-1) was also tidy and picked up a wicket, caught with audible relief, by Stevenson. This enebaled Condon and Marshall to come back for the last 8 overs and really squeeze Bransgore - just 21 runs coming from them. Condon deservedly picked up a wicket to finish with figures of 8-2-22-1 and Marshall 8-3-19-0.
With usual opener Olly Marshall on 2nds duty, Malo Holden opened up the reply along with Dan Stevenson and things got of to a decent start. With the score on 18 however,, Holden was given out caught behind for 8 - possibly unlucky as it looked like the fielders were appealing for a stumping. Just 5 runs later Sway were in a spot of bother when Stevenson was caught for 11. It was then up to veteran Pete Bennet and Condon to steady the ship - and steady it they did. Despite the obvious potential for a run out this was avoided by some robust calling and they steadily guided Sway to 89 off 27 overs - with 8 wickets in hand it looked like Sway could press the accelerator and cruise home. When Bennet was dismissed for 27, Vito Falso joined Condon, upping the rate with sensible batting. Things were not going to be that simple however and plans to end the game early were soon dashed. As Sway neared the target wickets began to tumble - Man of the match Condon was run out for a well made 44, Glass, Pearson and Pickering all fell bringing in the skipper to join Falso. Still there seemed no need to panic with just 5 runs needed, but when Falso was bowled for 14 with the 1st ball of the 37th, Bransgore were suddenly just two balls away from winning with number 10 Ollie Smith on strike. Marshall and Smith however negotiated some tricky moments to see Sway home with 4 balls to spare.
Noah Glass - 5 for 24