8th May 2022

Premier League era starts with a win!

 A brilliant hat-trick from David Steadman ripped through Gosport Borough's top order to secure Sway a hammering in their Southern League debut.

Steadman's first was aided by an unbelievable running and diving catch by Hugh Bernard to get Borough's big hitting West Indian overseas, Tyrel Chicot.

Will Crossley then took a smart slip catch to get rid of Alex Adams for a golden duck before Steadman trapped Mark Toogood first ball ;with an absolute pearler to send his team-mates wild.

That effectively knocked the wind out of Borough's sails, reducing them to 35-6. At one point they could have been bowled out for under 50, before a final partnership gave some respectability to their score, with Sway's terrific bowling and fielding setting a high standard.

Steadman's spell of 4-11 broke the back of Borough's flimsy batting line-up, Jon Waller having taken a bit of tap before inducing Jon Adams to hit to new signing Tobias Ramwell and Jubin Karippai to hit to Barnard, who took three catches in all.

Bernard himself took 1-18 - Jon Grasham taking a terrific slip catch, while debutant Ramwell quickly got in on the act as Gavin King edged to Alex Hall, Ramwell looking a terrific find.

Earlier in the day, Sway had seemed up against it, losing three quick wickets to be 27-3.

But a patient partnership between Crossley and Oscar Marshall was crucial in helping Sway reach a respectable 201-9, Bernard and Steadman each striking 24 and Grasham a well-made unbeaten 28.