On a muggy and overcast Saturday, Grayshott 2nds travelled to The Bourne, looking to continue their recent form the previous week. Skipper Sampson lost the toss and the visitors were asked to don their pads, on what looked like an extremely dry and fruitful wicket.
Openers Ward (18) and Wheble (30) batted patiently and saw off a lively and aggressive home attack, finding gaps as the ball accelerated across a lightening quick outfield. As Ward departed, in form McBain (32) confidently strutted to the crease, very similar to something you would see exiting Paddy’s McGuiness’s love lift on Take Me Out. Only willing to run to get himself on strike, he successfully dispatched 8 elegant boundaries to form his total of 32.
As Grayshott started to dominate, a flurry of wickets hampered the run-rate, as Eeles (8) and Baker (8) were soon back in the pavilion. M. Heath (16) and H.Ward (16) took the visitors to a precarious 150-8, when all-rounder Gregory (37) and Sriharan (29) enter the fray. The bowlers turned batsman dominated, occupying the crease until the 46th over. 214 all out. A partnership that changed the state of the game.
Fiery Gregory (14-2-46-2) started well, regularly causing The Bourne openers to play and miss. After his early wicket of opener Cole, Croucher (70) and Morse (59) batted exceptionally well, putting the home side as firm favourites to close the game, with 100 off 20 overs.
Conservative bowling and field placements pushed the run rate to 6 an over off the last 16. Returning to the attack, off spinner Lang (10-2-33-3) broke the Bourne's code, as Morse was sent back to the pavilion and the home side now up to 8 an over off the last 10.
Sriharan (11-0-52-3) rattled the middle order and it was game on! Grayshott needed 3 wickets off the last 2 overs!
The Bourne finished on 175-9 off their allotted 43 overs. An exciting of cricket, that saw the Shotts take away a well deserved winning draw.
4th in the league and home to Thursley next week.