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Burley CC win fourth Stone Cup against Sway CC

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New Forest Stone Cup final

Sway CC 110-9
Burley CC 113-5

A MATCHWINNING unbeaten 59 from Burley’s Alec Moorman ensured the hosts reclaimed the Stone Cup trophy by five wickets at the expense of Sway.

Moorman smacked a boundary to get Burley over the line with just three balls to spare in what had been a see-saw contest, with ball dominating bat for most parts.

Having been put in to bat first, Sway were soon in trouble, being reduced to 37-4 in the face of accurate bowling by Burley’s Dan Mepham (1-28) and Jim Burry – who claimed two wickets for eight runs off four overs.

The victorious Burley CC with player of the match and captain Alex Moorman holding the trophy
The victorious Burley CC with player of the match and captain Alex Moorman holding the trophy

But Sway’s Will Millard stood firm, striking a fine 41 runs off 35 balls, crushing five boundaries along the way. His steadying of the ship was helped by a handy contribution from Dan Stevenson (13) as Sway rallied on a tricky surface to post a competitive score.

There was still time for cameos from Will Baughan with an unbeaten 15 and Dave Marshall (11) to help Sway to a decent 110 off their 18 overs.

For Burley, James Roberts (3-25) was the pick of the bowlers, with Mike Wetherall (1-12) and Jonny Blundell (1-33) also claiming scalps.

Needing wickets to pile the pressure on the hosts, Sway’s FJ Charton (1-16) and Freddie Pearson (2-13) obliged, the latter getting the dangerous Keiron Hudson (8) early and Pete Stacey (0), before a superb catch from Steve How off Charton dismissed Alex Martin (2) to leave Burley in the mire at 13-3.

Sway put up a valiant fight to finish runners-up
Sway put up a valiant fight to finish runners-up

Captain Moorman, who survived a close LBW shout, bedded in against the tidy bowling of Sway’s Oscar Silva-Perez. However, he let himself off the leash when the spin bowlers came on, hitting eight boundaries in the process. But at the other end, his partners struggled with How (2-33) chipping away.

With the game edging towards Sway, Moorman found a partner in James Roberts – who struck a vital 21 runs that included two huge sixes. Burley were looking good until Roberts holed out off How.

With Burley now needing 11 runs off two overs, Moorman struck a maximum to get that into single figures, but with nerves jangling on the boundary, Moorman then skied the next ball to midwicket, where the catch was dropped as the batsman scrambled two.

Adam Clark was asked to bowl the last over for Sway and started with a dot, but a quick leg-bye next ball saw Moorman return to the strike and land the crucial final blow.

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