Home | Sunday 22 Jul 2018
Today saw the Pelicans 2018 cricket season draw to a close at a sun drenched Sportsfield. We had recently had back to back defeats that had seen us drop out of the title race, but pride was at stake against local rivals Headley. There were lots of player and coach rivalries to ensure that this game meant something, if Headley were able to defeat us they'd be deserved champions.
Ben Barclay our Captain won the toss and as per normal elected to bat on a hard wicket. Headley were off to a bad start with news coming through that one of the number was running late (in fact never turned up), and as has been our philosophy all season we made up the numbers by rotating a fielder every 3 overs to ensure it was 11 aside - thank you to all who stepped up with good grace.
Tom Lang and Fergus Hanbury opened the innings, it was an early shock to see our ever dependable Tom trudging back bowled without troubling the scorers, nerves were jangling. Jed Ludcraft came in, both Jed and Fergus managed to scare the by now jittery Pelican supporters with some rather odd calling in the middle. They did however start to grow in confidence and our nervous start was soon forgotten as the boundaries started to come more regularly, despite good bowling by the Headley attack.
Fergus was next to go for a hard fought 22, this brought Ben to the crease and an expectant crowd were hoping for fireworks, after a solid and watchful start he opened his shoulders and soon had spectators running for cover as the ball ballooned into the pavilion and elsewhere. Jed was also enjoying himself and the scoreboard was rapidly turning over. Jed tried one sweep to many and was given out LBW for 25, a great effort on his return to the team.
Next up was Hayden Martin who was quickly into his stride with some aggressive hitting that even eclipsed his partner Ben. Both players played smart aggressive cricket and were both deserving of their Retired Not Out status.
Scott Martin did a get chance to bat with his brother Hayden for a bit, he smartly negotiated the final overs with his partners showing us all what a good cricketer he is. He was key in helping us to pick up a number of vital 1 and 2's, this was fantastic and turned a good score into a really commanding one. On one occasion he used his wrists to guide the ball away for a 4, the shot of the day by miles. Scott chipped in with 11 not out.
There was still time for Chris Clayden to register 3, leaving Will Farrar 5 not out and Scott to close the innings for us.
Pelicans 157-4 from the 20 overs.
Polly Hanbury was kindly on refreshments duty, this was gratefully received and thoroughly enjoyed - thank you Polly.
The Pelican coaches had a quick chat and agreed that our policy of all 10 outfield players bowling 2 overs should be observed.
The Headley reply saw our Capt open up and set the tone, ably supported by the very impressive Scott at the other end. The run rate was high at the outset and a few overs of nagging line and length did nothing to ease their desire to crack on, they were quickly behind the curve ball. This became a trend for the innings, the Pelicans literally squeezed the life out of their innings with a marvelous display.
Tom Lang and Hayden were next up and as a tandem were fantastic, returning really impressive figures, Hayden caught the edge and a wonderful catch behind the stumps by Jed had the Pelicans dancing for joy.
Maxim Clarke and Jack Cardwell were called into action and the vice like grip was tightened, albeit the highlight of the whole morning was Jack's fantastic fielding; albeit there were others notably Hayden's sliding save on the boundary that stopped a four, he gave himself a slide burn and some grass stains; i don't suppose his mum will be thrilled about that.
Ben was by now swapping and mixing things up, as and when Headley got a foot hold in the game, particularly as Ethan Casson a friend of the Pelicans was looking to break the shackles, there was of course plenty of friendly school banter being passed between deliveries which everyone enjoyed.
Fergus, Tom Aitken and Chris Clayden all bowled solid overs that had the boys bouncing with energy. This left Will Farrar to pick up our 2nd wicket of the day by knocking the castle down, he/we enjoyed that.
The innings was safely navigated until the close, the Pelicans sensible aggressive batting and vice like bowling had won the day. This was a dominant performance.
Headley closed on 125 for 2 from their 20 overs.
At the close everyone celebrated a wonderful win and even better summer of Pelican cricket, we finished on a high.
MotM - for his very brave and athletic fielding Jack Cardwell.
This has been a terrific season that has seen the Pelicans win more than they've lost, we will finish in the top half of the league and the players have treated us to some amazing high points. This season has seen every player step up and improve, whilst playing as team with big smiles on their faces, they have been recognised for their sporting attitudes and for doing things within the spirit of cricket - Grayshott can be proud.
Family and friends have been amazing, everyone has chipped in and also provided great encouragement both home and away, thank you. Huge thanks to everyone who has scored (particularly Ellie) for us - not the popular gig, provided refreshments, kept the scoreboard up and running (particularly Clive), help tidy up and help prepare the players when things have got frantic. It has been a roller coaster ride with nerves shattered, but celebrations were never far away.
Both Tony and I are very proud of this team and all that they have achieved this term, everyone of them can reflect positively on the part that they have played. It was lovely to finish on a high today against our local rivals. By way of a final message, Tony and i would like to wish all involved a great summer and to pass on our thanks, see you all at the awards night.