Grayshott 2s headed to Bramley for the season opener with an unquestionably strong team, however, the performance would need to match the team sheet for it to count for anything.
The weather was pleasant, although the threat of rain throughout the afternoon was present. The toss was won by Toby and the decision to bowl first was made. With a wealth of bowling options on offer, Cam Oosthuizen and Chris Brophy were chosen to open up and instantly settled into a rhythm, giving the batsman very few opportunities to score. Bramley moved to 22/0 from their first 8 overs with the pitch not making it overly easy for the batsmen. Honours even at this point one could say.
The 9th over brought with it the first breakthrough, Cam Oosthuizen’s tight lines and pressure earning him an lbw. Over 10 saw the second of the openers dismissed, there was no doubt as to the quality of the delivery from Brophy (the slower ball full toss – absolute tripe), however the dangerous Holmes duly squirted it in the air to a grateful Brayshaw at point. There was a feeling that these breakthroughs would be key, but there was a lot of cricket on offer still.
Julian Oosthuizen and Danny Brown were on hand to replace the openers and the pressure on the batsmen never dropped. Brown, the temptress, instantly found his teasing length and perhaps too much wobble for Division 3, Julian ably supported him with good lines and some zip off the surface. It wasn’t long before Brown struck with a well deserved lbw and Julian followed suit a few overs later clean bowling the batsman to put Bramley at 40/4.
All too often strong starts can be squandered, however, Grayshott were clinical in their execution and did not allow Bramley to dip even a toe into the game. Brown struck again in the 21st over and the 22nd over saw a direct hit run out from Cam Oosthuizen, a joy to behold and proof that the team were determined not to give Bramley any breathing space.
Bramley might have let out a sigh of relief seeing a bowling change, however, Brayshaw wasn’t long finding tickles left right and centre. He teamed up with Phipps behind the stumps on 3 occasions and finished off in style clean bowling the last wicket. Some super figures all round, Brown 2-13 in 9 overs was a textbook spell but Brayshaw the stand out, mopping up the tail, with 4-6 from 3.5 overs.
Bramley all out for 64 runs in 32.5 overs.
A quick turnaround due to the early finish of the innings, a little too quick for Phippsy who struggled to wolf down his prawn cocktail pringles solo.
Andy Wheble and Neil Sampson took to the crease to open the batting and fended off some probing deliveries from the Bramley openers, who had a turn of pace and also found something from the surface. Regardless, the openers were moving along nicely. The rain started to fall a little harder which prompted a response from Wheble in particular, lustily blowing his way to 45no off 42 balls, particularly strong in punishing anything short from the Bramley bowlers. Sampson found a groove and pushed to 18no from 31 balls.