After a greasy start to the day, the drizzle stopped in time for play to start on what turned out to be a surprising cricket friendly day. Cloud and humidity prevailed suggesting there would be plenty for the swing bowlers to work with. Captain Guy O won the toss electing to bat first with the goal to set a challenging score. Openers Bruno and Toby came in to take a look at the oppositions bowling. There was a bit of movement in the pitch with Bruno trying to fend off a ball that seamed from middle and hitting the top of off stump, and un-playable ball that would have got most out.
Having scoped the conditions, Toby dug in with new batsman Guy who steadied the ship with some strong and steady strokes before both retiring with a score at 1/26; the innings was on the right track. Max and Ben continued and took advantage of some variable fielding keeping the scoreboard ticking along nicely with some classy drives both sides of the wicket and good defensive play when needed. Isaac then Tom continued with Isaac’s usual ambitious and well-judged running between the wickets milking runs that others wouldn’t dream of. A couple of half volley sweeps for 4 helped Tom leave the pitch unbeaten and the team in a very comfortable position. Ollie and Sam contributed solid runs before an unfortunate mix-up had Ollie walking back to the pavilion a few balls before he was due to retire. Cameron once again showed his ability to hit boundaries; this time a couple and target total of 149 was set. All contributed well with top scorers Ben 23, Tom 15, Guy 12 and Toby 11.
Defending a high total, opening bowlers Max and Ollie knew they had to stamp their authority and delivered with both taking wickets removing the openers. There was no reprise for the visiting team with new bowler Guy getting 2 wickets and Toby one at the expense of just 2 runs. The fielders were in top shape with Sam preventing a few 4’s at third man putting his body on the line. 2 catches were taken including a one-handed screamer by Toby at short midoff. With that and a great runout from solid fielding and great keeping again by Isaac the opposition constantly felt the pressure.
Wickets were tumbling and “a dot ball is a hot ball” was heard echoing around the ground. With such a strong bowling attack it is difficult to single out the strongest contributors. Guy and Max both took two wickets with Toby, Tom, Ben and Cameron each taking one conceding only 2 or 3 runs each. The opposition were all out in 13 overs for 48 runs. Grayshott won.
Thanks and congratulations to Jo Lang who acquired and demonstrated new cricket scoring skills!