With a forecast changing by the hour, it seemed likely we might start the game but not finish it. The captains strode to the middle to toss up, to be followed by the cover which had plenty of action but ensured a great game of cricket followed.
Skipper John Wheeler won the toss and had no hesitation in putting Chiddingfold into bat, soon reinforced as Brayshaw clean bowled opener Gill for a duck. This brought in Bosman (38) who looked comfortable at the crease in particular latching on anything slightly short and wide, before Weekes took an outstanding catch to dismiss him. Harder (41 no) then took on the anchor role as others lost their wickets around him as Brayshaw took a fifer finishing with 5-42 off his 12 overs, well supported by Brayshaw Snr (1-29 off 9). Harder found a useful partner in Levack (21 no) and not for the first time this season the Shotts conceded a few too many runs in the last few overs, which again probably influenced the result of the game. Ollie Weekes picked up a couple of wickets and great to see Hayden Martin turning his arm over again picking up a wicket, joined by brother Scott in his his first adult game.
After an excellent tea from Don Brayshaw, or was it your tea Don?.... the Shotts needed 151 off 34 overs to win the game.
The Shotts were soon on the back foot as Brayshaw Jnr found a fielder witha full toss and the Shotts were 2-1. Sampson Snr joined the skipper at the crease and steadied the ship with a 54 run partnership before Wheeler went for a fine 25. Martin Snr will want to forget his dismissal, as Brayshaw Snr then joined Sampson Snr at the crease, and the left/right hand combination put the Shotts into the ascendency as both batsman put away the bad ball to the boundary and ran well between the wickets, with plenty of singles.
Needing 20 off 4 overs Sampson Snr (55) fell to Yoganathan who was the pick of the Chidd bowlers with 3-40. As the remaining number of balls reduced so did the number of Grayshott batsman, but with one over to go the Shotts needed six runs to win.
Sadly for the Shotts they fell 2 runs short in a game of cricket played in an excellent spirit, with Brayshaw finishing unbeaten on 40.
A special mention to Graham Cotton and James Gordon who played their first game for the club and both looked with a couple more games they could feature strongly for the Shotts. Well done chaps.