See here video clip from Saturday's match courtesy of Andy Wheble
Home | Saturday 18 May 2019
Grayshott secured their 3rd
win in a row on Saturday with a good all round performance against newly promoted Fernhust.
Stu Kennedy won the toss and opted to bat first, although the pitch looked like it could have something in it for the bowlers, especially with the new ball. This proved to be true as Andy Wheble got a sharply rising delivery and was caught at gully in the first over – game over at 12.58pm.
Ali Wheble was the next to go, caught behind from the tidy opening spell of Joe Unwin and Grayshott were 18-2. Gary Hunt and Nathan Phillimore came together and showed good patience in an enjoyable battle against the aggressive Baxendale, knowing that some consolidation was required.
Both waited for the right ball to attack, and built their innings’ steadily whilst maintaining a decent enough run rate. At the mid-way point of the innings, Grayshott had reached 100 without further loss and when both batsman passed 50 in consecutive balls, the platform to a big score was looking increasingly good.
Hunt went for a well-made 66, but Phillimore continued to up the ante with excellent support from James Cavannagh (28 from 21; dusty) and Harrison Ward. Ward hit his 2nd
ball for 6 and continued in much the same vain for the rest of the innings, ending with an unbeaten 33 from just 17 deliveries.
Phillimore bought up his superb century – his 4th
league 100 for the club – with an over or two remaining before launching the last ball of the innings high over the trees to end on 110* from 111 balls. His innings included ten 4’s and two 6’s, and was chanceless until the 100 was reached. A great knock, especially considering he had terrible back pain throughout – so bad, in fact, that he almost
The target of 271 to win was always going to be a challenge for the visitors, but they put up a good fight. James Johnson batted well for his 57, and allowed others to bat round him with several making starts without being able to go on. Fourie, Robinson, Baxendale, Meier Jnr and Rissik all made between 16 and 21 including possibly the biggest 6 ever seen by Baxendale.
Regular wickets fell, however, and the game was realistically always going to end with a home win. The weather threatened to intervene causing Grayshott to bowl 10 overs in about 10 minutes to ensure a result was secured. This plan started brilliantly, with Andy Wheble bowling two long-hops that resulted in a lost ball, and 5 minutes of search with the rain getting every stronger. At this stage, his day had included a 3 ball duck and figures of 0.2-0-8-0.
His spell did improve, thankfully, and with 4 wickets for Harrison Ward and two each for Wells, Ford and Rob Smith, victory was secured by 63 runs. Grayshott may rue the opportunity of a missed bonus point or two, and a more ruthless side may have achieved just that. However, in a season already proving that anyone can beat everyone, Grayshott have good momentum going into a tough away game at Puttenham.