Grayshott Foxes 127 for 6 lost to Burridge 128 for 1
Grayshott welcomed a strong Burridge side to the picture perfect Broxhead ground on a sunny evening – a real credit to all the hard work that has gone in to get the ground ready. This was the first outing in the 9 –aside SE Hants League.
The captain for the day Henry G won the toss, elected to bat, strapped his pads on and strode to the crease with Tom W. With a county bowler in the line up the expected strong opening spell ensued but the openers were watchful and began to get the measure of the attack. The first change brought the first wicket when Henry G pushed at one and was caught & bowled. Lucas H joined Tom W and the pair accumulated runs punishing anything wayward on a surprisingly fast outfield.
Tom W was the next out bowled for a well-made 33, going for a big shot to get to his retirement score. By now at the end of the 12th over the Foxes were well placed on 81. Jack Martin came and went quickly and soon afterwards Lucas H retired 35 made off 26 balls. Scott M & George B tried to keep the scoreboard moving but were both out in quick succession, Scott M caught for a quick fire 19 and George B run out by a good piece of fielding at cover via a direct hit. When Oscar R was out quickly this left it to young debutants for the Foxes Josh C & Ben F to see out the innings. At this point it did look a little like David & Goliath with the return of the opening bowlers but credit to the young batsmen who showed their talent, keeping the pacemen out and finishing the innings on 127 – a little below par.
With an eye on the light, a quick turnaround followed and Burridge started their innings. Early wickets would be needed if the Foxes were to defend the total. George B and Scott M produced a good opening spell with George picking up a wicket by bowling one of the openers. This brought the county player to the crease who went about competently compiling a retirement score at a run a ball, ably supported by the other batsmen. At the halfway stage it was fairly even on the scoreboard but the lack of acceleration in the Foxes innings was always going to cost the team. The rest of the bowlers were not able support the openers and apply pressure due to a few too many extras and the odd wayward delivery that kept the scoreboard ticking over. One mention for Josh Cook, the young left arm leg spinner who produced some deliveries that troubled batsmen vastly older and more experienced than him and who was unlucky not to take a wicket. Burridge reached their target at the end of the 17th over.
In the end, a good win for the visitors who are a talented side. The Foxes were not too far off but the lack of experience in this format showed, with plenty to work on for the next game. A special thanks goes to Anita who did the scoring and provided some delicious refreshments.