The game of the season saw Grayshott 2nd XI at home against The Bourne 1st XI. Wanting to finish the season off on a high, the home side knew they couldn’t take the lower placed Bourne for granted having lost to them in the previous encounter.
After not winning a toss all season whilst leading the side, the coin toss was taken away from the skipper and would you know it, Gregory’s years of perfecting his wrist action, came up with the desired result of the coin toss.
The opposition were sent in and the game started with some controversy, with the first time in his illustrious career, Rich Baker missed the first ball after the umpires would not wait any longer. The opening pair of Gregory (1-16) and Tuffin (1-12) bowled exceptionally well restricting the opposition to just 17 runs from their opening spell of 10 overs. This was backed up by the spin twins of Lang (1-17) and Baccarini (3-17), who had the batsman in all sorts, with Lang going at less than one an over for his first 5 overs and the few runs coming from Baccarini who was spinning it too much and as a result bowling a few harsh leg side wides. All though he thought it was a cruel trick being played on him, Clarke was asked to warm up and bowled a beautiful short spell, beating the bat, many times on his way to 2-5 off 4 overs. Sriharan finished the innings with 2-9 from his 2.2 overs. The Bourne all out for 76
Knowing that a small target is not always easy, Jackson and Wheble set out to get the job done, with both timing the ball well, just not finding the gaps and both were out early, much to Jnr’s disgust (hope your bat/helmet are still able to be used next year after a conversation with the door and wall). Eeles and McBain looked to push the scoring a bit before a close LBW went in favour of the away side sending Eeles back to the side-line. Sriharan barely troubling the scorers in his come back to the 2s and McBain, Baker and Clarke all followed soon after. Things getting a little tense on the boundary, but the every reliable all rounder Gregory playing some lovely shots off his pads seeing the home side to a victory with the unbeaten Lang at the other end.
Another great season, with the 2nd XI finishing 3rd overall.
A big thank you from Neil and myself to all the players that played with us this year, to the other captains Stu, Moley, Cam, Ross, Tim and Nick, to Phil, Sri, Paul, Graham, the bar staff and everyone else that helped shape the season. Also a huge thanks to our cheer squad of Caroline, Georgia, Joan, Gerald and Katherine that attended most games.