Away | Saturday 16 Sep 2017
Grayshott arrived at the picturesque ground on an overcast autumn day.
Luke lost the toss ‘again’ and Grayshott were put in on wet and slow surface . the Harting openers’ of Simpson (9-2-12-2) and Wadey (8-1-31-2) bowled good lines and lengths not leaving anything loose. Senior Ward was the first to go receiving a beautiful Yorker from Simpson. Followed shortly after by Clarke. Mcbain was next in and played some positive shots before chipping up Nutting for 14. Eeles came and went followed by Gregory. Nutting and Andy Wadey bowled their combined 18 overs for a tidy 22 including 6 maidens. The experienced Baker joined the stubborn Wheble who was still there showing the grit and determination he has become known for. Baker was happy to punish anything loose. A cluster of wickets brought Ben Ward to the crease who hit 2 massive sixes to move Grayshott onto a respectable 123-8.
Grayshott started well with Gregory(9-0-26-1) and Bussell (8.3-0-25-2) bowling good lines and putting pressure on, Gregory getting the first wicket. The change bowlers of Baker and Jarrod bowled economically against the aggressive Pickett(33). Brayshaw was on next and bowled well in difficult conditions but as the overs went on the run rate reduced and you could feel the game being taken out of Grayshott’s hands although some resilient death bowling from Mcbain and Bussell prolonged the game until Bussell bowled 1 of 37 wides Grayshott gave away in the innings.
A game played in good spirit and a hard fought performance sees Grayshott go into the final week of the season safe and smiling.