Home | Saturday 22 Apr 2017
Grayshott 3rd XI held their first home game of the season against a experienced looking Pepper Harow 1st
team. Credit must go to the club and groundsmen for vastly improved facilities. The pitch itself also looked good for the Shotts first home game of the season. It was a green hard wicket which is why it was no surprise when Pepper Harow won the toss they decide to bowl first.
Grayshott started well going close to 5 runs a over and were 93-3 after 20 overs. However things started dry up and Shotts started losing wickets at regular intervals. Many of the top order lost their wickets far too cheaply due to some poor shot selection. Even the skipper going well on 59 had a momentary loss of concentration hitting the ball straight to mid-wicket. However the lower order showed some promise adding some much needed runs to the total. Most notably, contributions from Toby-25, Julian -13, and young Oli Searle showed much promise with his 8. In the end Grayshott posted a slightly below par score of 169. Credit must go to Covington who picked 4-23 in his 9 overs.
Both teams enjoyed a superb tea and regrouped for the second half of the game. Grayshott did not have a great start with the ball giving away to many loose deliveries at the start, however after picking up their first wicket from a “ballsy” catch by Toby Joyce, the Shotts began to fight their way back into the game with some tight bowling by Mark Morris with 1-28 in his 9 and Ross Owen with 0-23 in his 9.
However with not enough runs on the board the Shotts could not defend their total. For a newly looking 3rd
team there were many positives to take from the game as well as many things the team could learn from. Namely being more disciplined with our bowling and not giving away to many extras and loose deliveries. Also some greater contributions from required from the Shotts top order.
Overall the boys did well and I’m sure they will learn from the game and take want they learnt onto next week against Wood Street.