U13s edge out Bashley in last ball drama!
Sway travelled to Bashley’s in the Hampshire Cup - played in The
Hundred format which took a little head scratching about how it
works for junior games!
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first. Bashley prodigy
Adam Bourne was in imperious form - trusting the surface and hooking
a pulling any quick short stuff. Despite bowling well Sway were
unable to stop Bourne retiring unbeaten on 30+ in no time.
It was then the Sway bowlers turn to get into the box seat - the
4-man pace team of skipper Arjun, Max Davis, Ossian Badami and
Edward Goulding were all hitting just the right length, ably
supported behind the stumps by Hugh McIlroy who let nothing through.
Sway then took some pace off with useful overs from Lawrence Warner,
Ryan O’Mara and Luca ball who picked up the first wicket of the
season after Davis took a superb low catch as short mid on.
Sway then tightened the screw - their athleticism in the field was
in a different league to Bashley and the bowlers gave nothing away -
at one point there were 15 balls in a row as the Bashey worm was
pronounced dead on arrival!
Arjun picked up a couple of wickets with his inswingers and Bashley
barely managed any acceleration thanks to a top final over from
Davis and finished up un a rather sub par 95 off their 100 balls.
Sway’s tactic with the bat was to see off the Bashley top line
bowlers and keep their big hitters in hand. This was pretty much
accomplished with a half decent run rate, and despite losing Davis,
Sway were pretty much in control when Ines retired after facing 50
Sway then looked to accelerate. The entrance of big hitting Sam
Tilier-Wood and a bit hit to the boundary forced the home side to
use up another over of Bourne - who to be fair produced an
unplayable rapid yorker to bowl Sam.
Sway needed about a run a ball off the last 30 balls with wickets in
hand. Bashley gave it everything they could finishing up with all
their quicks, but whilst boundaries were hard to come by, Sway’s
version of the GB 4x100 relay team- Warner, Bulmer, O’Mara, and
Badami showed the benefit of all the work over the winter -
lightening singles forcing errors in the field as panic set in.
Nevertheless, Sway still need 4 off the last 5 balls to win with
Bourne firing down so good stuff outside off stump. A quick single
was followed by a run out - so 3 off 3 needed- as the crowd held
their breath, 2 byes and leg bye off the final ball saw Sway home!
Great game and probably closer than it should have been given Sway’s
grip on the game, but as always Bashley are competitive to the last
and put up a hell of a fight!