Away | Saturday 13 Jul 2019
The 4ths were on the road again and looking to put last week's Grayswood defeat behind them. Tim Fry the skipper won the toss and invited Churt to field first.
Tim and Mark Weekes opened the batting for the 4ths and good start was made, despite some very good energetic bowling. Tim looked in the mood to bat and it came as a real surprise when he was bowled for 10, having treated us to a couple of nice 4s. Mark took some time to settle, however once he got going he got to work rotating the strike and crashing boundaries. Toby Joyce joined Mark and the pair started building what turned into a fantastic 113 run partnership. The Churt bowling was of a high standard and Mark was eventually bowled for 32 having batted really well. The decision was taken to promote Graeme Aggar up the order to maximise the scoring opportunities during the latter part of the innings. Toby the stand out batsman was now in full swing hitting 4s and 6s at relentless pace, he accelerated after his 50 and quickly reached a very well deserved 100. He finally fell LBW for a fantastic 124. With the innings drawing to a close Scott Clarke joined Graeme at the crease, Scott was off the mark immediately. As the team tried to scramble extra runs, sharp fielding saw Churt run out Graeme and immediately Aaron Avery. A good batting effort saw the 4ths post 213-5 from 38 overs.
After the break and welcome cricket tea, the 4ths took the field with an intent to defend the total set.
Allan Lang and Aaron Avery opened the bowling and tried to impose some pressure onto the openers. Allan returned 7 overs for 21 runs conceded, ever dependable. Aaron's two spells saw him pick up two wickets, importantly his bowling saw the Churt opener hole out to Ollie Weekes, who took a smart catch between his legs. Despite the 4ths joy Churt had made a good start in the run chase. Ollie Weekes was next into the attack replacing Allan and he was soon into his stride. Ollie picked up the 2nd wicket as the Churt opener was caught at Gully by Scott. Unfortunately for the 4ths the next Churt partnership was destructive and the game was taken away from Grayshott. Graeme Aggar and Ben Ward shared 5 overs between them at a difficult time to bowl. Aaron's 2nd spell saw him pick up a wicket when Scott took a 2nd catch. Toby contributed 5 overs and picked up the final wicket just before the innings conclusion.
Churt posted a winning 219-4, congratulations to Hugh and his team. A great effort by the 4ths, in particular Toby who scored 124, well done to him.