In a pre-season fixture Bashley 3rd XI enjoyed a 112 run win over Sway.

On a glorious Easter Saturday, Bashley batted first posting 244 from their 40 overs. Paul Kemp (40*) and Tom O’Sullivan (50*) opened the innings, both retiring unbeaten after seeing off the opening bowlers. C Dibden was bowled around his leg for a golden duck, but Jack Harris (34) and Alex Bourne (22) added to the score before both being caught. Neil Taylor provided additional firepower, scoring 48, before being bowled late on with a couple balls remaining. Overall, Bashley posted a positive 244-6.

Neil Taylor going big before going home

Bashley’s opening bowlers, Jack Griffiths and Kristian Laurent, both bowled a steady opening spell, with Griffiths taking the wicket of Peter Bennet in the 9th over. Sway’s youngster Toby Reid provided stubborn resistance, seeing off the Bashley opening bowlers, before eventually being dismissed by the young Tom Manning in the 17th over. Niall Gallagher retired after hitting a quick fire 52 off 41 balls, taking the attack to Jack Allan. Allan responded strongly by taking the wicket of William Baughan (27), with Neil Taylor and Kristian Laurent both taking a wicket each to leave Sway with 132-5 from their 40 overs.

Many thanks to Sway for providing a team at short notice.