The final game of the U15 Foxes Season and a win was required to almost certainly secure the title with Gosport still mathematically able to catch us with 4 big wins in the remaining games.
The start was delayed due to some late arrivals and Hambledon kindly offered a spare fielder as Grayshott were invited to bowl first.
Oscar and Lucas opened up and were tidy enough but the unusually tidy keeping and legside bowling gave the home side a strong start. Jish and Jameson were batting well and taking advantage of a number of mis-fields before Billy made the breakthrough. Jish stumped by Ali for 23.
The team were asked for a little more effort from the coach which seemed to do the trick as Hambledon went from 49-0 to 89-8 in 8 very impressive overs. Billy was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-21 in his fours overs. George B kept things tight from the other end and when Oscar ran out Wilson for 0, Harvey was left to see out the final 6 overs as a last man standing.
Had Grayshott just let him retire at 40 the Hambledon score would have been around 120 but concentration lapses and more wides allowed Harvey and Hambledon to amass 137 before Harvey retired for a well made 40 with 1 ball unused.
Thanks must go to Ben for filling in at short notice and apologies to the boys who didn’t get a bowl.
The pitch had been a little uneven throughout and with the light fading, Grayshott would need to bat well to get the 7 an over required.
Ali and Lucas made a solid start but not at the required rate against the strong openers. Lucas tried to push things along and perished for 7 and with the score at 46-1 off 10 overs the pressure was building.
Ali moved through the gears but went for 24 trying to hit a boundary.
Billy was batting well before a stunning piece of fielding by Lumby saw him run out for 11. A wonderful pick up and throw on his knees and a direct hit saw Billy just short of his ground. The run rate was now 10 an over and with the ever-dependable pairing of Oscar and Charlie at the crease it would be crucial that this pair stayed together.
The main bowlers were now running out of overs and with some unbelievable running between the wickets the pair put the fielding side under extreme pressure. The cracks started to appear in the Hambledon fielding and bowling and Grayshott started to turn the screw.
Charlie was placing the ball beautifully into gaps whilst Oscar was hitting the ball incredibly hard including a fabulous punch back down the ground for four.
40 required off four and the change bowlers were introduced. 14 came from the 17th over and 14 from the 18th and suddenly Grayshott were close.
12 required from 2 overs but Charlie and Oscar were in the zone and kept smashing the ball to all parts. Charlie pulled the final ball of the 19th over for 4 and the game was over.
Charlie finished on 35 and Oscar 19 as maximum points were secured.