Home | Sunday 09 Jun 2019
The reminder of a close loss from last year loomed and a few comments of “I remember this game last year”. Was the result going to be any different?
Captain Guy won the toss and sent the opposition in to bat. Scoring by the opposition was steady, verging on slow. With efficient bowling from Max and Guy the opposition batters took their time and safely defending their shots. After 10 overs the score was around 50 and looking on par for Grayshott, however with many wickets in hand the score began to accelerate with some strong hitting against good balls. With the aggressive batting also came wickets with Ollie (2) getting revenge just after being hit for 6, Ned (2), Ben (1) and Edward (1). Finchampstead set the target of 131 and from memory with a strong bowling attack, that was going to be a challenge to beat.
As expected, the opening bowlers showed pace and accuracy with Ben and Guy seemingly confidently handing until Ben was runout from a great piece of fielding in the deep, and Guy to a good ball that would have taken many. Max and Toby continued the battle eventually seeing off the openers but then falling to catches. Finchampstead continued to work through the batters defenses until Isaac repeated the batting masterclass from the last match precisely hitting balls that stayed hit into the gaps for 4. Anything that went near a fielder saw them scattering out of the way like a flock of seagulls. Runs were finally coming. Ned joined Isaac taking inspiration also decided to go the bash and did so effectively while giving the opposition catching opportunities but luck was on his side. Isaac 17 and Ned 21. Unfortunately others weren’t able to make it to double figures although Toby, Max and Dexter showed some fighting spirit against the strong bowling. The team was out after 15 overs for 73.
The positive signs were the depth of bowling and fielding with excellent keeping from Isaac along with a positive and supportive team spirit. Runs can come with balls faced so being able to defend good balls and restricting runouts (3) will be key for the next matches.