14th August 2021
Hard fought Sway win sets up season defining
Alton II 203-9, Sway 239-8
Hants County One
Sway battled through a testing encounter away at a decent Alton side to
set up what should be a barnstorming end of season encounter with
Going into this weekend's game Sway lie third, with Parley second, and
the victor potentially going up to play Southern League cricket for the
first time, although Fareham and Crofton – who are fourth – are also in
the mix despite only playing five games so far!
The foundation of Sway’s 239-8 total at Alton was wicketkeeper/batsman
Alex Hall, who hit a superb 69 in the heat, including 10 boundaries,
before the innings was boosted by a terrific unbeaten 43 from Neil
Hall opened the batting with Tim Noble, who made an accomplished 35
before being adjudged lbw, and the pair put on 101 in just 18 overs as
the visitors began brightly. However, the hosts did a good job of
pulling things back after the duo were separated, with Dan Bailey (15)
and Dave Steadman (22) making contributions to assist Prince, who hit a
maximum and three fours in his crucial, well-constructed knock.
In reply Sway’s opening bowlers came under a barrage of pressure from
Ryan Hale, who smacked 96 off 70 balls and frustrated the visitors as
several half chances were not taken.
While Hale was at the crease Alton had more than a sniff but after Hugh
Bernard (2-41) got him with a fantastic off cutter and Jon Grasham
(1-21) bowled a brilliant spell, Sway took control, with Jon Waller
(2-37) and the Bailey twins (Dan 2-48 and Josh 2-17) chipping in to set
up the mouth-watering season finale.