Grayshott U15 Foxes entertained an experienced and well drilled Waterlooville side. A couple of familiar names were back at Grayshott. It was good to see Toby Sambles and Tom Greene back.
Ali again lost the toss and Waterlooville duly put their pads on. Scott Martin and Guy opened the bowling and both were economical against the opening pair of Greene and Pearce. Neither collected a wicket but both went for less than a run a ball.
Hayden and Charlie were next up and Hayden was unlucky not have better figures. He did drop a couple short but two or three miss-fields and a couple of dropped catches didn’t help his figures. Charlie picked up two wickets both were with short balls and both were taken on the juggle by Ben and Guy respectively. Jack Pearce had by now moved through the gears and hit a beautiful 6 back over Hayden’s Head to retire on 39.
The run rate looked like it may get out of hand a big score looked on the cards. However the third bowling pair of Seb and Ben had other ideas and with some well-placed fielders kept the score to a minimum. Both picked up a wicket, Josh taking a fine catch and Ali picking up a sharp stumping off a lifting delivery. Waterlooville had made a competitive score of 135-4 off their 20 overs.
Grayshott had a couple of regulars missing and shuffled the batting order a little. Seb and Charlie opening the batting against the fiery Seve and Doyle. The pitch had plenty of bounce and with the extra height of the bowlers, it was clear that this was going to be a problem. Charlie went for 6 miss-timing a pull shot that climbed on him a little, Guy prodded at another lifting delivery to be caught and Grayshott were 12-2 off 5 overs.
Ali joined Seb and the pair started to build a partnership. Seb played some delightful square drives for four off the quicker bowlers whilst Ali worked the ball around and picked off the bad ball when it came.Seb went for a well-made 18 including 4 fours and when Josh went without score shortly after Grayshott were 38-4. George joined Ali and the pair played beautifully together, some excellent running and some brave batting by George who was at least a foot shorter than those bowling at him. George was simply brilliant, driving, cutting and pulling anything short and was close to retirement on 38 when he was run out pushing for more quick runs. A superb knock.
Ali had made it to 25 but the run rate was climbing and he knew some big shots were required. He was well caught by Green off the spin of his Cousin and Hampshire U15 player Jack Pearce. Hayden and Scott were both bowled by the express bowling of Taylor leaving Ben 1 not out having only faced 1 ball.
So Grayshott lost by 35 runs to a stronger and older side. A really good game of cricket where everyone contributed and some real positives to take in the next match.