September 1st marked the final game of the season for Grayshott 3rds and they faced a possibly tough task in Peper Harrow.
At 12:45 Skipper Joyce was a little worried when only 1 player of the opposition had arrived. When the toss took place, which Joyce inevitably lost, the oppo consisted of just three players. Play finally got under way with Grayshott bowling and tight lines from Jones and Oostie meant the pressure was on early. Bristow protected his wicket well and battled through to 48 before going for the big shot. Owen again proved the difference taking 4 wickets in a devastating spell. Not only did he dismantle the middle order, he levelled up with the skipper in the wickets competition- Quote of the day coming from Geoff "never have I seen a skipper so disheartened at his bowler taking another wicket." Grayshott restricted Peper Harrow to 180-7 from 40 overs.
The last home game of the season meant a team tea was on the cards. Everyone delivered and provided a great tea which proved for some opposition as the best tea they have had this season.
After filling our plates and going back for more, Cooper and Marden set out to build a steady platform. Cooper played some excellent shots finding the boundary frequently and Marden proved up to the task punishing anything on his legs to the boundary. A slight mix up in the middle meant that Marden was run out which meant Wells joined Cooper at the crease.
Both continued to punish anything slightly off and pushed the score on. Cooper made his way to an excellent half century, his first for the Shotts, before falling lbw to the bowling of Bradley. Garrett joined Wells and with 60 needed from the last 13 overs both looked to get the job done quickly. Wells hit the accelerator and rapidly got to his half century whilst Geoff played some lovely shots at the other end. With 5 overs to spare, Wells won the game with a heave to the boundary bringing 4, with Wells finishing 62* and Geoff 25*.
3 in 3 to finish the season strongly. Thanks to everyone throughout the summer who supported and played for the 3s in what was a very enjoyable and successful season. Well done to all the younger players who played excellently when called upon.