Timing is everything in comedy and so it is in batting. However, timing of a thunder clap and some lightning proved critical for the U15 Foxes on Tuesday night. Liphook were chasing the 124 target set by Grayshott and were 83-3 in the 14th over. The third ball went for 4 just as a lightning bolt shot across the skies and play was suspended, never to be resumed.
The four runs off that ball put Liphook ahead of the Grayshott run rate for the only time in the game. Meaning defeat for the Foxes on run rate. Even more frustrating was that the Liphook batsman who was scoring at will was 1 run from retiring which would have brought a less aggressive player to the crease. So defeat for the Foxes in a game which they had every chance of winning.
Earlier, Ali had won the toss and elected to bat. The openers of Liphook of Ex Grayshott player Harry Stokes and Wadey had bowled a good spell to restrict Grayshott to 14-1 off the first 6 overs. Billy chipping to Mid-on to be caught. The change bowlers were not so accurate and Ali and Guy got stuck into them scoring at 10 an over for the next 5 overs.
Guy was particularly attacking on anything short and raced to 36 before cutting a ball to point and was caught, having hit 7 fours. Ali was now in full flow and retired on 43, his seventh consecutive not out in this league. Scoring 39 runs off his last 20 balls. Lucas and Harry were next and showed good intent without beating the ringed field. Harry was run out coming back for 2 from a direct hit throw from the boundary and Lucas was run out for 17 after some confusion with Hayden.
Ben came and went swinging for boundaries without scoring and Hayden was run out going for a last ball crazy run with George. 124-6 was a decent score but would require good bowling. Thunder was circling around and the light was not great so batting was not going to be easy.
Guy and Ben started well and the run out of opener Stokes slowed the run rate. Scott bowled a little too full and was replaced by the spin attack of Billy and Hayden. Hayden picked up the other opener, caught at point by Billy. White came to the crease and looked to move the score along taking Billy for 3 fours in an over and Liphook were nearly up with the run rate. Billy got a wicket with a caught and bowled which brought in Wadey and the following over saw the fateful boundary and the clap of thunder. So onto the last game against Havant and then wait to see where we finish.
Many thanks to Minnie for refreshments.