Grayshott U15 Foxes had one of their off days against an unbeaten Portsmouth side. There are very few highlights from this one. Ali won the toss and decided to bat on a great wicket that had produced nearly 600 runs on the previous day.
After seeing off a maiden Ali hit his stride and played some delightful shots including a straight drive and back foot cover drive which had the crowd purring. Portsmouth kept the field in and the bowling was pretty tidy. Billy was first to go, leg before for 8. Lucas showed good intent and was going well at a run a ball 12 before trying to launch the bowler back over his head.
Ali Roberts made a rare appearance and it was good to see he still had his trade mark cut shot. Fortunately for him this was a bouncy track and the Portsmouth bowlers rather fed his favourite shot. Ali wasn’t complaining and tucked into some lovely square cuts on his way to a good 23. Ali had by now retired for 40 including 7 fours bringing Hayden in for a brief bat before being unlucky to play on without score. Chris Clayden had a few overs to bat and although he occupied the crease, the runs dried up as the bowlers kept a tidy line.
Chris was caught going for quick runs and Ben finished the innings with a late flourish. Grayshott finishing on 109-6 after 20 overs which was about 50 short of a competitive total. The coach gave very clear instructions, we missed out on full tosses and we had to make sure we didn’t bowl any. Field well, back up and take your chances as we have a low total. The plan was to start with spin at both ends and pick up early wickets.
Sadly the plan was forgotten by the time the 2nd innings started and a succession of full tosses, miss fields and the odd dropped catch made for a very quick finish. Billy and Ben put their body on the line in the field and Luke and Ben picked up a wicket a piece but the game was already done. Wallis retired on 43 off 18 balls and Woolf was bowled for 29 off 21 balls and the rest of the innings was finished off quickly.
Hopefully lessons will have been learnt but Grayshott had key players missing and Portsmouth took advantage. Grayshott still hold 2nd place but only due to games played.
Onwards and upwards for the final 4 games to come.