Grayshott travelled the long distance across the county to meet unbeaten Netley & Highfield. It was a glorious evening which was just as well because at 10 past 6 Grayshott had amassed 2 players! Traffic, logistics and Sat-Navs had colluded to give the coach a few palpitations but some excellent delaying tactics ensued and Netley kindly agreed to Grayshott batting first.
By now we had 5 and they were all sent to pad up. Ali and Seb were changed first so got the nod to open. The wicket was good and outfield fast but what was to follow was somewhat unexpected. Ali and Seb started well and did plenty of gardening between balls knowing that 4 players were still en-route. The over rate was by now very slow, not helped by the Netley players being changed between each ball. Seb was playing some delightful shots and hit 3 boundaries in a row. Ali was playing his usual reliable innings and putting the bad ball away. Running between the wickets had been good but Ali wanted a run every ball which caught Seb out and he was run out going for a quick single.
George H came and went to a decent straight one bringing the newly arrived Lucas to the crease. Lucas was in fine form and went on the attack from the start. The shackles were released at the sight of Guy and Charlie arriving. Both Ali and Lucas were by now scoring freely and the boundaries were racking up. Lucas played some fantastic shots and was happy to go over the top as he raced to retire on 40 off 20 balls including 7 fours.
Ali retired shortly after having hit 3 fours and a towering 6. This brought the usual top 3 batters in at 5 & 6. Charlie and Guy were in no mood to hang about and the Netley fielders were starting to flag. A period of carnage ensued as virtually every ball found its way to the fence. Charlie hitting some graceful drives and cuts while Guy just smashed it over the top.
Charlie raced to retire off just 18 balls hitting 8 fours. Luke came and went to a good ball from the returning opener and Chris added a couple of runs off the last over leaving Guy on 36 as the overs eventually ran out at 7.50pm with Grayshott amassing a huge 220-3.
A quick turnaround and with the win virtually secured a new target was set. Bowl the 20 overs in an hour or less. 3 minutes an over.
Guy opened the bowling and struck immediately taking the openers edge off the third ball. Ali taking the catch. Debutant Luke Stevens opened from the far end and was on the spot, unlucky not to get a wicket in his first over. He did pick up a wicket in his second over bowling the other opener.
Netley were by now struggling to keep up with the huge run rate and Grayshott were racing through the overs.
George Brayshaw, also making his debut bowled magnificently and took a wicket with his first ball, caught by Lucas. A second and third wicket followed thanks to catches from George H and Seb. George finishing with 3-5 off his 4 overs. George Hall bowled two overs of leg spin and was unlucky not to take a wicket but did manufacture a run out to reduce the home side to 35-6.
Chris Clayden, also debuting came on to bowl and was very accurate. Chris picked up a wicket thanks to a catch from Luke and the Neltey innings was over for 39. Netley hit 4 fours whilst Grayshott amassed 29 fours and 2 sixes.
The over rate was maintained throughout the innings and the game was over by 8.30pm allowing the travelling faithful to head home before night fall.
So Grayshott jump to 2nd in the league with more games coming up soon. A great win.