to fight hard for win
180ao, Verwood 131ao
Sway and Verwood engaged in an enjoyably tight tussle that remained
in balance until late in the game.
Sway won the toss and elected to bat first but suffered a first over
setback when Arnie Badami was caught for a duck. Number 3 Raj Singh
on his debut showed his potential moving swiftly on to 9 before a
mistimed drive saw a ball pop high up to the keeper. Two wickets
down Sway were forced to rebuild - surviving opener Olly Marshall
and Tom Burton batting sensibly in a 50+ run partnership. Sway,
however, suffered a major blow when Burton was superbly caught low
in the covers for 39.
Will Pearson was promoted up the order and produced an entertaining
cameo as he smashed 3 fours and a big six on his way to a rapid 21
before being bowled trying to hit a rank full toss into next week.
With Marshall also nicking one through to the keeper for 39, the
innings was still very much in the balance at 118-4. Luke Lewis in
at 6 also scored quickly but in the tale of Sways innings he also
was out before he was able to do any real damage as Verwood's young
bowlers kept their nerve and bowled really well. There followed a
series of cameos, but with only a few wickets in hand no
acceleration was really possible and Sway were all out for a rather
disappointing 180 in 38.3 overs.
Sway knew they would have to bowl really well and take their chances
if they were to defend a somewhat sub par score. Lewis and Chris
Davis opened the attack with some pretty tight stuff - and the
resulting pressure paid off when sharp work at mid wicket by
Marshall junior saw Verwood's dangerous new recruit from Trojans run
out for just 3.
Sway claimed another scalp when Lewis had all rounder Eric Pearson
trapped LBW with the score on 20. A partnership, however, developed
between skipper Andy O'Neil and the excellent looking Alfie Perkins
and looked to be taking the game away from Sway before fortunes
swung yet again. Firstly Will Pearson took a blinding catch at cover
off Burton to dismiss the dangerous O'Neil then number 5 Webber
popped a catch up to Vito Falso off Badami.
Perkins was still there however and at drinks the game was still
very much a 50/50 call. A major breakthrough for Sway came when Tom
Burton dived forwards to take a low catch at cover to dismiss
Perkins for 24 off the bowling of the skipper Dave Marshall. Number
6 Chris King was looking for some big hits but fell for one of
Marshall's change ups, popping a catch up to the safe hands of
Depsite being 70-6 Verwood were still fighting hard - a partnership
developed between the experienced du0 of Lee Cattanach and James
Butt. Sway's tactic was to try to contain the pair, forcing the
required rate up ever higher - Burton did exactly that, completing a
fine spell of 8 overs for just 20. At the other Marshall senior
finished off his spell (8-2-27-3) with another wicket - some slow
ball deceit, Cattanach balooning up a catch to a strategically
placed fly gully where Pearson had a good juggle before finally
clinging on to the catch.
Badami (5-0-22-2) and Davis (7-0-26-1) both produced tidy stuff as
Sway tightened the screw - Verwood's last realistic hope was
extinguished when Davis had James Butt well caught on the deep mid
on boundary by Olly Marshall and Badami picked up a wicket, caught
by Falso. It was left to man-of-the-match Person to wrap up an
excellent Sway win, trapping the last man LBW with Verwood finishing
49 runs short.