6th March 2022


Indoor team finish on a high

After promotion the pervious season there was a degree of trepidation as to how well Sway's merry band of midweek indoor cricketers would fare in a higher division which included strong teams from the likes of Parley and Bournemouth.
For much of the season relegation seemed inevitable however the team gradually stepped up to the higher standard and going into the last game of the season against 3rd placed Hamworthy, Sway were already in a comfortable mid-table position.
Sway skipper Dave Marshall lost the toss and was asked to bowl - something he would have done anyway. Olly Marshall was looking forward to bowling against his pal, Hampshire U15 all-rounded Zac Basey - but he was not to get the chance. In a moral victory for the old men, Marshall senior had Basey well caught at gully by Steve Hannibal in the first over for a duck.
Younger brother Cameron Basey made it a "family pair" when he was bowled round his legs by Will Millard's seam up delivery. Hamworthy did launch a fightback with opener Curtis Driver and number 4 Ryan Kelly both retiring, but they were never able to cut loose thanks in part to another spell of controlled spin from Olly Marshall 3-0-25.
Hanni was the most expensive bowler, but even then his 3 overs for 44 was not too shabby and there was never even the slightest danger of Niall Gallagher being told to warm up! There was one further wicket for Sway - an "angry" direct hit from Millard who was annoyed with himself after a couple of minor whoopsies. After their 12 overs, Hamworthy finished up on a rather sub-par 117-3.
Needing less than 10 an over there did not seem to be too much pressure on the Sway openers, but Dan Stevenson was clearly in a hurry smashing the first ball for six - then an over later call ing an improbable run form the non-strikers end that saw Olly easily run out for 6! Hamworthy then bought on Zac Basey who had Sway tied up for a couple of overs leading to some rather chuckle brother style moments from Will Millard in particular hoping in and out of his crease looking for singles that were never there! Despite Basey's tight lines, booth Millard and Stevenson were safely retired back in the hutch leaving the finishing of the chase to Marshall senior and Gallagher. The former decided to have a go at at Basey to try and throw him off his length - there followed a series of assorted agricultural swipes and mishits but at least a few runs were forthcoming as the young bowler finished his impressive 3 over spell for just 16 runs. Marshall and Gallagher were then able to relax a little and rotate the strike and looked to effectively finish the game by targeting the the young Connor Basey and by the time the skipper retired, a Sway win looked a formality with 5 wickets in hand.
The brawny Hamworthy skipper, a pretty nippy and accurate bowler, brought himself back into the attack - and yorked Hanni first ball, although to be fair the delivery would have got many a batsman out. Just a few balls later however Sway knocked off the winning runs with a full 10 balls remaining. The win moved Sway into the top half of the table - a more than creditable position and perhaps the base for a promotion push next season!!
Lots of fun, a few beers and bit of curry - hopefully more players will join the merry band!, or perhaps even a second team!