The last game of the season was away at Sarsbury on a warm midsummer evening. We set out our aims and goals for the team to better the score we got earlier in the season (108). Well the boys delivered and some. They scored their highest total of the season.
Grayshott went into bat first with Tommy and Toby opening which set the tone for the rest of the match (it was like watching Roy and Barstow). Tommy (26) and Toby (33 retired off 27) played with the bowlers hitting singles and as they got into their stride they started to hit the boundaries. Ned (5) was caught out going for a big hit and his innings was over. Finlay (30- retired off 23) came to the crease taking a Stokes approach and was soon partnered with Louis (32 retired off 21) whom took the mantle of Butler, the pair batted really confidently and communicated between the wickets like young professionals and hit the boundary on a regular basis with a variety of shots. The innings was drawing to close but there was still time for the Jennings brothers to play at the crease together, with William (7) being caught, although he was close to hitting a six and was going for the big shots, Angus (3) and Charlie (0) batted out the last few balls and a total of 172 was reached.
The boys were buoyed by the total and there was an element of having to keep them calm during the innings change.
Bowling has generally been a good aspect of the team and with renewed confidence this was evident again, although we did not quite bowl out Sarsbury, we were only a wicket away from doing so. William (1 - 25) opened well with the pace bowling we know he can deliver he later took a wicket in his third over. Angus (1-7) took the first wicket in the second over and was delighted to see the zinger stumps fly through the air.
One highlight of the bowling over was seeing Charlie (1-14) taking a bowl and catch over his head whilst almost toppling over, well done Charlie a great catch.
Finlay whom normally keeps wicket bowled a couple of overs and kept some tight figures (0-11) to keep the pressure on the Sarsbury batsmen. Ned (0-25) was not his normal self but he still threatened a wicket, the bowlers were able to take advantage of his pace bowling and were able get a few boundaries. Toby (0-17) was solid in his bowling and Tommy (1-18) took a wicket in his spell. Louis (2 - 15) bowled 2 out hitting the off stump twice and had to take the role of Archer in his death bowling although the games was well and truly over by this point.
Due to the great batting innings an element of being over confident crept into the fielding with a number of over throws which was not the fielding I have seen this season, so some more fielding practise to be done. We need to develop the ten aspects of the game with more discipline for walking in and encouraging the bowler, wicket keeper and other fielders to keep up the energy.
It has been a tough season for this team and we will see if this years experience will be beneficial as we play next season, it was great to see the smiles and enthusiasm return to the players. Todays batting showed we can do it and we need to remember this game and take this forward.
Enjoy the summer and hopefully we will see you back for winter nets. Thanks for all the parents that have been involved in providing food and/or scored this season and providing the support for the team and getting the boys to the games, your help is appreciated.