What a difference a week makes as skipper Wheeler returned to lead his team from the front with a well earned win in another great game of cricket. With a few balls to go all three results were possible.
The previous 48 hours had seen plenty of rain, but the pitch was playable albeit the howling wind meant plenty of stoppages to replace the bails.
The skipper won the toss and asked Headley to bat. Openers Ashley Cook and Paul Kelly made a good start adding 50 in quick time as the Shotts openers struggled with line and length especially in the windy conditions. The introduction of Styles Jnr had Kelly caught at point. Headley could not accelerate during the middle overs as Paul Scanlon and Ross Owen bowled good spells, taking the pace off the ball and bowling excellent lengths inducing a couple of excellent run outs. With the fielders out only one run was on offer as Headley struggled to find the boundary. Tom Kiddy made a fine 44, but 138 in 40 overs with a short boundary on one side was an achievable total.
A good all round effort from the Shotts bowlers was followed by an excellent tea, well done Headley, two weeks on the trot the boys have enjoyed a good old english cricket tea....
Grayshott openers John Wheeler (28) and Paul Scanlon (57) then took to the field and weathered some tricky early overs as Aidan Cuthell and Craig Johnson bowled a testing length. The skipper bearing a few bruises for his commitment to the team . Eventually, Wheeler went for a fine 28 and Headley were able to keep the run rate under control with the home bowlers continuing to bowl tight lines. A couple of quick wickets fell before Ben Dowson hit a quickfire 21 easing the pressure for the Shotts before Johnson returned in the 37th over to have Scanlon caught at slip for 57. This induced some panic as Grayshott then lost a couple of wickets to some suicidal running between the wickets. Game on again for the home team.
Tense team mates on the boundary urging every run need not feared as Vice Captain Charles Brayshaw and Ross Owen remained calm and scampered the winning run off the penultimate ball of the game.
Another great game of cricket played in a very good spirit, well done boys.