Away | Saturday 01 Sep 2018
Grayshott bought their season to a close on Saturday with a comfortable victory against already relegated Chiddingfold. Stuart Kennedy decided not to break the habit of the season and lost the toss, and Chid opted to have first use of a flat looking surface.
Openers Dean Spencer and Rob Smith looked comfortable in putting on 31 before Mark Richards knocked back Spencer’s middle stump. The ever-dangerous Tom Gleave joined Smith in another solid partnership of 37 before Smith was undone by the under-utilised pace of Matt Jackson.
Ward fell quickly but Matt Wright played some nice shots in support of Gleave who was serenely passing 50; Chiddingfold had reached 162-4 and a score of 200+ was looking inevitable. When Wright fell to Sriharan, and Holt followed swiftly after, the wicket of Gleave was becoming more and more important.
When Ben Moir called his partner through for a quick leg-bye, Ali Wheble swooped and nailed a direct hit at the bowlers end. Tom Gleave will count himself a little unlucky but still made an excellent 81. A strong finish from Richards and Ford restricted the home side to 200 exactly – Richards, Ford and Oosthuizen all finished with 2 each.
In reply Andy Wheble fell early, trapped in front by Gleave and Hunt joined Wheble Jnr. The two left-handers added 71 for the second wicket with Hunt in particular playing fluently. Rob Smith slowed things down with 9 overs of very tidy spin ending with the excellent figures of 9-2-18-1.
When Hunt was joined by Phillimore the pair enjoyed their now customary good partnership – this time Phillimore took the lead, scoring 49 of the 67 added. Phillimore fell 1 run short of his half-century, but with the score at 140-3 and plenty of overs left the result was never really in doubt, despite Jackson being undone by the famous “4 wides followed by a straight one” trick.
It only remained to be seen whether Hunt could reach his 2nd
century of the season, and bar a brief scare when Cavannagh started stealing the strike, it always looked likely. With a couple of sixes hit, Hunt knocked a couple of runs to reach his milestone just in time with the scores now tied. Eyeing an average boosting ‘not-out’, Hunt tamely chipped one back to the bowler to take some of the gloss off his day.
Grayshott ended the season 3rd
in the league, but with 3 players scoring over 400 runs, and 7 players getting into double figures for wickets it might seem like a ‘what could have been’. What may be telling is that only 6 players managed to play more than 13 of the 18 league games - an improvement in consistency of availability may well help close the gap to Grayswood.