Another tough defeat for the 3s, against a strong Frimley side who will do well this season.
The Grayshott skipper lost the toss but ended up in the field anyway with a strong seam attack. Brayshaw Jnr started threateningly, supported by Hutchinson who showed considerable pace. Brayshaw generated the first chance, which was sharply taken at slip by Burrows. Further wickets fell at regular intervals, shared between the two Bens' – Barclay and Styles. Ben Barclay demonstrated pace and enthusiasm and drew false shots from the tall opposition batsmen who missed straight deliveries.
Ben Styles showed admirable control and movement through the air to claim his first two wickets in senior cricket, including a sharp catch by Tom Lang behind the stumps. Many more will certainly follow. Approaching the last 10 overs, the Shotts were well placed with the opposition on 114-5. Not for the first time this season, the final part of the innings was considerably more expensive. The left and right hand batting combination punished the bowlers to all parts of the ground, clearing the boundary regularly. The opposition total rose to 195 and the declaration came, leaving the Shotts with 43 overs to bat.
Frimley opted for a seam & spin opening combination and left arm spin quickly accounted for Wheeler, unwisely playing back instead of forward. A run out followed with Brayshaw Jnr well short, attempting an ambitious 3rd run. Hutchinson was stumped, dragging his foot just out, with Burrows and Lang joining him in the pavilion soon after. With 5 wickets down for not many, a partnership was needed. Step up Styles Snr and Allan Jones who showed a combination of good judgement and lusty hitting to steady the ship for a while. Richard Styles eventually fell for 35, bringing Ashwani Kashyap to join Jones. More judicious shot selection took the partnership well past drinks and brought the target below 100 or 15 overs to play out for the draw. Kashyap (12) hit one up in the air after a watchful partnership to bring in Ben Styles who played some attractive shots before mis-timing to mid-off. Ben Barclay missed with a big swing and Jones was joined by Brayshaw Snr for the last stand with still over 10 overs to survive. 2 balls later, Jones (33) was well caught to bring his and the team’s innings to a close.