Away | Saturday 18 May 2019
Grayshott arrived on a slightly damp afternoon at the small ground of Pirbright, with a very youthful side with Ben Ward most likely being the oldest player in the group. Rav lost the toss again, and we were put into bowl first with a very different bowing line up compared to the weeks before.
Liam and Cameron started well on a very uneven track which kept low more than anything. Both were unlucky not to get any wickets in their opening spells but kept the run rate very low. Julian and James continued to build the pressure and Julian was able to pick up first wicket. From then on, Grayshott looked in control managing the run rate on a very small ground. It must be noted that Grayshotts fielding was a lot better compared to the weeks before, with no dropped catches. It was the debutant Karl Knights, who probably took the better catches of the day, with a smart catch taken on the boundary. All in all, a very solid display in the field by Grayshott with all the bowlers picking up wickets. Special mentions to Rav and Liam who took 3 and 2 wickets respectively for not many runs. Pirbright end on 185 for 9 off their 45 overs, a score which Grayshott were more than happy to go out after a well-deserved tea.
Karl and Alex opened the batting, Alex fell early on and not long after that so did Luke for his first game back. Karl looked good but was unfortunately caught in the slips by sharp catching. In came Toby, who seemed to be living his life as cat by being dropped at least 4 or 5 times for his quick 20. Grayshott looked in trouble with wickets falling at either end, to make things worse the wicket starting stay even lower. However, Rav looked to take control with a captain’s knock but was unfortunately was out to a one-handed grab in the slips for a well-played 37. It looked as if things were going to end early after Rav went out as we were 107 for 8.
However, Julian and Liam had other ideas who slowly built up a partnership and had the opposition skipper scratching his and starting to run out bowlers. The pair managed to get us to the last over, with belief that we might win the game. We got off the perfect start with Liam hitting the first ball for 6 need a further 7 runs off the last 5 balls to win the game. Unfortunately, in the effort to win the game Liam found one of the fielders on the boundary, either side of him it would have been a boundary. Solid performance by the team, still got 4 points despite the loss. Onwards and upwards from here hopefully!!!