First game of the season was enjoyed under the hot Bank Holiday sun, with the crowd using the Amesbury oak for shade.
Grayshott won the toss and elected to bowl.
The game started to the sound of a cork popping on the boundary and strawberries being shared around.
In the first 4 overs Burridge were restricted to 6 runs and and we had taken 3 wickets. Special mention to Thomas Love who bowled a maiden over an d took two wickets followed by Arun who then bowled a maiden over for 1 wicket. Burridge start to put some runs on the board (27) before a mid innings water break intervened for 1 wicket.
In the final 8 overs Grayshott took a further 6 wickets with Louis and William take 2 wickets each.
Burridge had a good second half with the bat reaching a respectable score of 73 with Izzy getting 15 and Jacob 13 runs a piece.
Special mention to Angus who took an acrobatic catch as wicket keeper and the fielding as a whole was good with some intelligent backing up.
This season for each wicket the bowling team get 5 runs for each wicket rather than the batting team lose 5 runs, so Grayshott started on 50 runs, therefore needing 24 runs to win. This change to the scoring means that the target keeps on moving out when the second bowling team starts to take wickets.
Special mention for Mrs Le Mare whom provided ice lollies between innings which was welcomed by all players.
Things did not start well for Grayshott with Burridge taking a wicket with the opening ball. James and William recovered well by adding 15 runs between them.
Finlay and Thomas came to the crease and added a steady 7 runs, along with extras Grayshott's total runs was now up to 92, however, Burridge's target score had increased to 98 as they had taken 5 wickets.
This difference in scoring is going take a little time to get used to and led to a bit of confusion amongst the spectators.
Toby and Angus came to the crease next and were rock solid and stayed in without a wicket taken and added a steady 8 runs but a further 25 when taking in the extras. This pairing turned the game in favour of Grayshott as they overtook the moving target figure .
Louis and Arun as the final pairing came on and added a further 17 runs for the loss of 2 wickets hitting a couple of fours and increasing the Grayshott score beyond the target and ensuring the win.
The bowling from Grayshott was excellent with 12 wides/no balls recorded and 10 wickets taken in the 16 overs.
The batting was solid and sprinkled with some fours and at times some good calling to nick an extra single.
Areas for the team to look at are communication between the wickets as there were a couple of run outs and there were some over throws from close range, however, overall a good confident start to the season and the coaches are really proud of the team.
Additionally the Grayshott umpire was a bit rusty and at one point it looked like he was bringing in a plane to land or doing the floss!