Grayshott U15 Foxes travelled to a field somewhere near Hambledon on a beautiful summers evening for their 2nd game of the season.
Ali again lost the toss and Grayshott were asked to field. Ben opened the bowling and bowled a tidy line against the organised openers of Pratt and Saint. Guy opened from the other end had the ball swinging nicely. Pratt picked off a couple of leg side balls but the outfield was slow making boundaries on the floor hard to come by. Ben made the first breakthrough, a good catch from Ali standing up.
Charlie and Hayden took over and although Charlie had some radar issues were bowling nicely. Hayden bowled a fantastic first ball that pitched outside leg stump and hit off to remove Moger. He then gave the ball some extra flight to remove Wingham thanks to a smart catch by Guy who never looked like catching it, but he did! Pratt retired for a well mad 43 including a six and the runs began to dry up. Billy came into the attack and was straight on the spot. Hayden pulled off a great direct hit run out. And Billy bowled the new man first ball. Suddenly Hambledon were 104-6 with 1 wicket remaining. The final pair added a useful 21 runs in the last few overs as a couple of chance went down.
Grayshott were happy enough with the total at half time and the fielding and field placing were much better than the first game.
A quick refreshment and Grayshott set about chasing the total of just over 6 an over. Ali and Billy starting watchfully against the accurate and tall attack of Hudson and Harvey. Ali was bowled by a short ball that kept a little low bringing Charlie to the crease. Billy and Charlie got into their stride but the run rate was starting to climb. Billy struck some lovely shots including 4 fours and was clearly fatigued from his school cross country earlier in the day.
Billy was bowled for 38, a couple short of retiring which brought Guy to the wicket. Charlie was now moving through the gears and the pair was making inroads into the total running well between the wickets. Charlie was bowled going for a big shot which was by now required and George came and went quickly looking for a run that was never there but always thinking about the team. Lucas joined Guy and played some delightful cricket shots. Refusing to lose his technique for brute force which has to be the way forward. A credit to him and never looks out of place against players 4 years his elder.
Guy had worked out that big shots were now required and set about chasing the 12 an over required. A six followed by a four scattered the field and some panic set in amongst the home side and supporters.
Guy and Lucas scurried and dashed up and down the wicket in search of the final runs but time ran out and Grayshott were 17 runs short. A really good game of cricket in which all but one Hambledon player were 15 and none of the Grayshott side was. Hambledon won the U13 league 2 years ago with this side and they will go close again this year.
Grayshott may have lost 2 games by narrow margins but they have been involved in two proper games which rarely happened last season.