Home | Sunday 21 May 2017
Grayshott U15 Maroons versus Elstead
Ben Dowson won the toss and given we only had 7 players and with others due to play and would arrive took a wise decision to bat first.
We lost an early wicket of Barrie Owen with the score on 4. Ollie Searle and Ben Dowson then put on a very pleasing and measured partnership showing understanding of the match situation given our short numbers. Ollie showed his great timing during his innings of 28. Together the pair took us to 51 when Ollie succumbed to the 6th
ball bowled by Sam Holland whom he had just taken apart in his first over scoring 20 off his first 5 balls, Ben Dowson continued to capitalise on the bad balls but was keenly aware of the need to bat through to give us any chance of amassing the runs we needed. Finn Chichester Constable joined Ben at the crease and this pair worked well together with Finn settling into a good rhythm of punishing the bad balls with impressive strong hitting both straight down the ground and to leg. Ben continued to build his innings and the pair took us to a healthy 146 before Ben was bowled by Bird off a very good ball for 48. Ben showed good judgement and a growing awareness of how to build an innings, well done. Cameron Marshall joined Finn at the crease however Finn was caught soon after for a well deserved 39 with the score now on 152. Oli Weekes joined Cameron and together the boys faced the stronger Elsted bowlers who had now returned to the attack and made a good fist of digging in and keeping the score ticking over so we ended on a very respectable 162 for 4 off our 20 overs.
This was one of the best performances we as a team have had with the bat and I was very pleased to see the growing confidence of the boys on the field!
Unfortunately we remained just 7 players for the side and it was going to be an uphill battle to keep the scoring down on a large outfield. We discussed our plans to try and restrict the runs and we did our best in the field.
Elstead openers both county batsmen took full advantage of our reduced fielding capacity. Our bowling was not at its best for this outing but by no means our worst , our boys do need to work on maintaining a offside line and to vary the length by paying more attention to the batsman’s style and capabilities. However the lack of players we had in the field contributed hugely to our eventual defeat, we just did not have enough fielders. We should not take anything away from Sam Holland or Will Ryan the Elstead openers who showed skill and aggression in the opening overs.
It was a shame we were unable to field a full side as having put on such a good batting performance we would surely have pushed Elstead much harder for the game.
Onwards and upwards boys.