Home | Saturday 13 Jul 2019
Another glorious summer Saturday was witness to another strong team performance from Grayshott.
Chiddingfold, the visiting side, won the toss and put Grayshott 2s into bat. Rob Ward and Matt Jackson were up first and it wasn't long before Chiddingfold made the breakthrough, Jackson caught off the bowling of Paul Hundley. Luke McBain was next up, striding out to the middle. Three balls later and he was striding right back, Hundley striking again, Grayshott 10/2 and looking shaky. Fast forward a few overs and it was Spicer's turn to get amongst the wickets bowling Ward, for 14, and leaving Grayshott on 22/3.
Alex Marden and Raveen Sriharan, both fresh from lovely knocks last weekend, dug in and started to build a partnership. Rav produced perhaps the shot of the day with a classy lofted cover drive that raced to the boundary. With some clean hitting and rotation of the strike this pair put on 70 and took Grayshott to 92 before Rav fell victim to the left arm tweakers of Garrett, bowled for 20.
Nathan Phillimore was next up, and after some fantastic talk of getting after the bowlers on the sideline, did exactly the opposite and looked measured and patient, allowing Marden to push on and up his strike rate. The pick of Marden's multiple boundaries coming in the form of a delicious flick off the hip for 6. Garrett trapped Marden lbw to bring to an end a sumptuous innings of 73. Neil Sampson joined Phillimore at the crease and immediately attacked the bowlers and these two, with a mixture of powerful striking and good running, pushed the score on with a 54 run partnership. Phillimore dismissed for a well made 48 after snicking one behind, much to his bemusement as he was ''at least a foot away from the ball'', not many agreed with him on this one.
The tail wagged like a puppy at feeding time and Liam Larby weighed in with another handy knock of 18, supported by Chris Brophy. Brophy had initially walked to the middle receiving a barrage of comments and even laughter directed at his batting setup, what made this worse was that this was all from his own teammates, but he didn't let it get him down, 27 from 17 balls for him and 39 runs added by the final pair. Grayshott all out for 264 after 45 overs.
Tea was another highlight with a varied and tasty spread from the Larby clan, keeping the standards high. Thank you to those involved.
Chiddingfold would have to bat positively from the outset if they were to chase a fairly strong, perhaps slightly above par, target. Kieran Wells and Liam Larby took the new ball for Grayshott and started off well. Wells bowling with decent pace and probing lines, troubling the batsmen. Larby supported him with tight lines and some movement away from the right handers. Wells struck first, forcing a poorly timed shot from Davies to a short ball, falling into the grateful hands of Marden: Chiddingfold 1/1. Larby took the next wicket, Ward lbw: Chiddingfold 16/2.
So was the trend for the remainder of the innings, at least the majority of it, as Chiddingfold were unable to build any meaningful partnerships. They played their shots, and were striking the ball well, unfortunately a few of these were in the air long enough for Sampson to gather them in. Grayshott held their catches and were perhaps a little fortunate that the well timed shots did go to hand. Barnett batted well for his 56, punishing any loose deliveries from the Grayshott bowlers, however, this was not enough to spur the Chiddingfold middle order into action as wickets were lost on regular occasion.
When a partnership threatened, Harrison Ward dampened the flames with a well directed full ball, bowling Coinsfield. Harrison perhaps buoyed by his 40 metre sprint win over Ward Snr, edging it by a nose in a handicap race. Sampson got in on the action, dismissing Barnett with a comfortable catch from Jackson and this wicket was the beginning of the end for Chiddingfold as the draw now looked out of reach under pressure from Grayshott's bowlers.
Sampson continued with his boomerang in swingers, claiming more victims, much as he had done last weekend. A nice outswinger to the left handed Garrett was ever so lightly tickled through to Phillimore behind the stumps (who managed to keep concentration despite James Cavannagh making some moves in the supporters' area) the batsman instantly walking: a fine example of the spirit in which the whole game was played. Larby came back into the attack and finished it off, the last wicket held superbly at slip by McBain, a sweet revenge catch dismissing Benbough who had caught him out much earlier in the day. Larby claiming a 5 wicket haul, returning figures of 5 for 26 in 9.2 overs, well done sir. Sampson finished with 3 for 12 in 3. Chiddingfold all out for 115 in 35.2 overs.
This win, in addition to last week's, sets the foundation for what has to be a near flawless finish to the season if the second team are to remain in the second division. There is no doubt it is possible, as these results from cohesive team performances have shown, but a lot of hard work remains in the coming weeks.
Well done to all involved and we look forward to an exciting last third of the season.