The evening was glorious at the most picturesque of grounds at Clanfield home of Hambledon, this was a stark contrast from the previous week of rain and grey and overcast skies.
Hambledon won the toss and the match.
Grayshott batted first.
A few highlights of the innings were seeing Tommy bat throughout the whole innings, he struggled to get going but kept sticking in, showing resilience. Shot of the match went to Louis for a classic front foot drive timed to perfection that went back past the bowler as it sped along the ground for a four.
Hambledon overturned Grayshotts total relatively quickly, however, I believe we took the best wicket of the night.
Alex P thundered down to the crease and sent a fizzer pitched just outside off stump, all that the batsmen could do was edge the ball behind. Please stand up Toby Cook, whom kept wicket for the first time this season. On another day he could have been mistaken for Jack Russell as he dived full length and caught the ball with both hands, to give the boys a glimmer of hope.
Generally there was a good level of fielding with great pick ups and commitment to stop fours. James W worked well in the field as did Charlie P. We still have to regain our composure after stopping the ball and learn to look up and deciding to throw the ball in or hold it and take control of the situation.
The aim for this game was to score more runs than last time, last the full innings in bat and restrict Hambledon to a lower score than last time, all of these goals were met.
The boys continue to find this season hard playing a year up and a Division higher for their first season in club hardball. It seems a long way off where we had only lost two games over two seasons, however, If the boys individually can learn from each game they can take this back into other games for club or district within their relevant age groups and be ready for next season.
Keep going boys.