Home | Saturday 19 May 2018
Today saw Grayshott 4ths hosting Churt 3rds at the fantastic setting that is Broxhead, unlike last week we were treated to glorious weather. Hugh won the toss for Churt and somewhat surprisingly put Grayshott into bat. Tim Fry was a little frantic at this point due to the delayed attendance by Mark Weekes and his son Ollie, they had been doing battle against each other in a football match.
Paul and Alan were on umpiring duty for both teams - thanks chaps.
With Mark our opener missing, Tim shuffled the pack and he was accompanied to the crease by Keith Tuffin. Both got off to good start in the blazing sun, we were treated to some classic cricket. Keith who was quickly motoring and looking good reached 13, before holing out to a 'worldly - for those of you who speak teenager' by Neil Taylor who took a great catch. Keith trudged back a little stunned, but with nothing to recriminate himself for. Next in was Tom Waddell who had impressed us all with his keeping in the first game, he was now promoted up the order and his reputation for good batting was on show. He soon got into the swing of things with the Capt Tim. We knew he was good, but he showed us why he is in the very good category. Tim was next to go for a gritty 8 providing catching practice for Marmion.
Tom was joined by Phil Brown and the pair set about providing the innings with a platform, they passed the 50 partnership treating the spectators to an array of cricket strokes. Phil unfortunately was bowled for 25 with the score on 86 for 3, a good partnership but still work to do for the coming batsmen. Tom was joined by Mark who strode out to the crease and provided good support for the very impressive Tom. This time Tom fell, to another catch by Marmion, at the point that he had reached 31 (Grayshott's top scorer).
By way of a side show Paul, our umpire, found himself in conflict with the opposition for the second running, the cricket oracle repeatedly called no ball for a technical infringement by the Churt Keeper, his gloves were deemed to be in front of the wickets at the time of the delivery. Churt felt that he was calling this wrongly, the issue was later and finally tidied up in the pavilion after the game, when the laws of cricket were perused. The oracle was 'of course' correct it's fair to say he was a bit smug about it.
Back to the cricket action, Scott Clarke joined Mark and they started to move through the gears with the Capt's words ringing in their ears, he wanted 150+. Despite some stubborn resistance and aggressive intent Mark was caught by Mason for a hard fought 23.
A moment of Clarke history was about to be written as Maxim Clarke entered the arena and joined his father at the crease for the first time in a competitive match, whilst his mother watched anxiously from the sidelines. It was brief but entertaining as Maxim raced to 8 before being bowled trying another big shot, with his Dad hissing play defensively. Sam Thomson was next up scoring 1 before being given LBW to the busy Marmion. Ollie Weekes came to the crease and was bowled for 2. This brought John Lee to the crease and he moved onto 2 before being bowled. Suddenly Grayshott were in danger of not batting their 40 overs. No panic Super Malcolm strode out purposefully to the crease with 9 balls left in the innings, and with Capt's orders shared with Scott the pair sought to see the innings to the 40 overs closure which they did. Scott finished 20 not out and Malcolm, protecting his 0 not out from last week finished on 2 not out. He was last seen working out his average. Capt Tim Fry, was happy, his team had past the 150 mark finishing on 162-9 from 40 overs.
Tim shuffled that back and opened the bowling with Malcolm and Sam, they tried to take the game to Churt and stifle the runs. The openers had other ideas and were soon picking up crucial boundaries that saw the scoreboard move on a little too quickly for Grayshott's liking. Spirits were lifted when Malcolm created some scoreboard pressure and Mason chipped the ball to mid-on and Maxim took a smart catch. This brought Marsh to the crease who in truth batted beautifully, mixing finesse with brutal accuracy of placement. Maxim and Phil bowled well, but the wickets weren't forthcoming. John pitched in with 4 overs and almost caught and bowled Marsh with the first ball after drinks, small margins. Marsh went onto pass his 50 in a not out innings of 85.
Ollie and Keith were both in the action and bowling nicely. Keith picked up the wicket of Tunkington who was bowled for good innings of 46. The damage had however been done and Churt cruised to their target, with Marsh hitting the winning runs by smashing a 4 back past Ollie who was bowling. Whilst their was lots of endeavor and effort in the field, Grayshott were well beaten in the end. Another note-able wicket keeping performance by young Tom who was outstanding with both bat and behind the stumps.