Grayswood 107 - 8 from 20 overs
Pelicans 42 all out from 16.3 overs
Sunday brought the curtain down on Pelican cricket for 2017, our final match was at home to Grayswood. Thankfully the rain had passed and we were treated to a spot of sun, the game was most definitely on. The holiday season was in full swing and as a result, despite Ellie's best efforts, we started with 8 players.
Ollie Weekes Captained the team and after a bit of discussion with Richard the Grayswood Coach (who was very sporting) we decided it was in everyone's interest to invite our visitors to bat first. Our friends from just up the road kindly rotated their players onto the field of play to help make up our numbers.
Brodie Petrie opened the bowling and took a well deserved wicket in his first over, in fact he took 4 wickets (1 per over) in what can only be described as his best spell of the summer. He finished with figures of 4 overs, 10 runs for 4 wickets terrific stuff. Our guys all had a bowl and did really well. Tom Aitken kept wicket for the first 10 overs before swapping with Cal Petrie, both acquitted themselves really well. The Grayswood opener Hastilow retired 32 not out having batted very sensibly, really holding the innings together as wickets fell at the other end. We were grateful to Cooley one of the Grayswood fielding helpers for taking a smart catch to remove a team-mate (thank you). Wickets were also claimed by Leo Homewood, Tom Aitken, Ted Henderson (on debut) and Ollie Weekes. Grayswood posted a healthy 107 - 8 from their 20 overs.
Refreshments were enjoyed before Ollie Weekes and Tom Henderson opened the batting for us. We were soon on the back foot and Brodie Petrie found himself at the crease fairly early (second ball in fact). Brodie was looking good until he chanced a single and was run out to a blistering bit of fielding by Cooley, who perhaps felt he owed his team one after his earlier catch. If your going to get out, you can have no complaints about that one. Callum Cocksedge came to the crease and showed us some very nice placement and confidence. Leo Homewood demonstrated that the art of defence is still part of the game and his technique was to be commended. Tom Aitken and Maxim Clarke made up the last stand before we were all out for 42 from 16 overs.
Knowing it was our last game Grayswood allowed our final pair to bat on, this allowed their players to all turn their arms also. I lost count but think our second innings finished 3 overs, 5 runs for 5 wickets (yes it was the same pair, however everyone enjoyed the finish). Tom was given instructions to smash the last ball of the season miles, he was bowled (again) leaving everyone smiling as the curtain was drawn on this season's Pelican cricket.
Special mention goes to Richard and his coaching team who were fantastic sports and tried at every turn to make a game of it, thanks guys see you next year. We were unfortunately hampered by only having 8.
Thanks go out Ollie who captained a team for the first time, well done he looked at home in the role. Big shout out to Jonathan who came down and helped set up and umpired. Big thanks to Ellie who toiled all week to get us a team, as she has so often this summer.
Finally a massive thank you to all the players who have played their hearts out with great pride and enthusiasm, the team ethic has been fab and to all the parents who have supported the team and helped with scoring, biscuits, washing up ,clearing away and all the other stuff.
Hopefully we'll see the whole squad at the presentation night. Anyway, to Clive who is the only one I know who reads my blogs, i'm signing off now until January when it all starts again - enjoy the summer!