Grayshott U15 Foxes got their 2018 season off to a confident start with a convincing win over Sarisbury.
On a Glorious looking ground after a week of sun, Ali lost the toss and Sarisbury decided to bat.
Debutant Oscar opened the bowling with his accurate left arm spin and a wicket came in the first over with a run out, excellently picked up and thrown by Seb at backward point.
Charlie opened from the other end and was getting some big swing with the new Pink ball. Ali was grabbing them behind the stumps but a few wides got Sarisbury going.
Oscar then took the first wicket with a nice caught and bowled and things were going well at 12-2.
Hayden and Ben replaced the openers and Hayden got a wicket straight away. However, both struggled a little with length with a few full tosses and short ones which were dispatched to the boundary across the fast outfield by Hillier and Brailey.
This pair took the score to 59-3 before Ben produced a great ball to dismiss the dangerous Hillier.
The game then changed Grayshott’s way when Billy and George entered the attack. Billy was in fine form bowling 3 overs for 6 runs including a wicket and George was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 14 in 4 overs. Reducing the visitors to 71-8. Ordinarily that would be the end of the innings but this season we have “last man stands” and so Shanley continued to bat until the end of the 20 overs finishing on 20 not out taking the Sarisbury score to 98-8.
A quick turnaround due to fading light saw Ali and Billy stride to the crease needing 5 an over for victory.
Ali looked his usual confident self but in the second over disaster struck as he decided to hit the ball straight to a fielder and run. Billy was unsure what to do but was well short of his ground and out without scoring. Charlie and Ali steadied the ship against some good bowling from Shanley and Hampshire U15 Watkins.
The pair took the score to 25 before Charlie hit a short wide ball to point who took a good catch. Oscar then joined Ali who was by now going through the gears. Oscar started watchfully but then hit two fantastic boundaries. No-balls this year result in a “free-hit” which were most welcome as all 3 were sent to the boundary.
The pair had added 53 before Oscar was caught off a leading edge bringing Seb in to finish the game off in quick style racing to 12 off 8 balls with some lusty blows.
Ali remained 36 not out and Grayshott had knocked them off in 13.3 overs collecting maximum points.
A super start to the season. Man of the match was George for his 3-14.