Grayshott 2s were determined to play their first home game, after a disappointing outcome the previous week. We had a fairly strong team, but Grayswood are known for throwing up surprises in a local derby.
Grayshott won the toss and elected to bat first on fairly green wicket, thinking runs on the board with bad weather looming was always going to be key to get a win. The opening pair of Neil and Wheebs got us off to a good start, before Neil decided to miss a full toss leaving the Shotts 49-1. Wheebs followed the next over after top edging the ball down fine leg’s throat. This brought the young pair of Ali Wheble and Toby Joyce to the crease. The pair settled the nerves nicely by putting on 50 runs together on what they described as “not an easy scoring pitch” – a quote from A Wheble. After getting a 50 partnership, Ali thought he would take a liking to Ashworth, however, he decided to play the same shot from Ashworth’s previous over straight to deep mid on. Toby managed to maintain his timing and scored the bulk of the runs getting to 44 off 49 balls before hitting a full toss down deep square’s throat. Richard Baker followed soon after, being adjudged LBW. This brought Charles and Phippsy to the crease, who put on a master class on how to run between the wickets, a slight hint aimed at the top order. These two managed to get the Shotts to 181 off their allotted overs. This meant that Grayswood needed to get 169 from 42 overs, after there was a brief rain delay during the Shotts innings.
After a quick turnaround, the opening pair of Oosthuizen and Brophy hustled in, trying to get the Shotts their first wicket. Both bowlers bowled well, with special mention to Brophy who managed to get the batsmen jumping around with some serious pace. Eventually though in the 10th over it was Oosthuizen who got the the first wicket. The skipper then decided to change things up and brought Charles and Ed into the attack and boy did it work. Charles quickly got to work getting two wickets, clean bowling two of Grayswood’s top order. Ed bowled well for his second team debut and was unlucky not to get a wicket.
After a 10 over bowling partnership from Charles and Ed, Joyce decided to change things up again by introducing some spin into the game at both ends with himself and Aggar. The Shotts started to let things slip slightly in the field before Joyce, got the key man Tywford who looked at ease at the crease. Wickets then started to fall at both ends with Joyce picking up another and Aggar getting two caught and bowled’s, putting himself on a hatrick. A hatrick of three caught and bowled’s was not to be. This brought Ashworth to the crease and at one stage he looked like he was going to carry his team across the line before Charles, Brophy and Oosthuizen managed to get the job done in the dying overs. The Shotts managed to bowl Grayswood out for 139 in the 40th over, sealing a well deserved win.
We did make it harder than we should of done with a couple of misfields and at least 5 dropped catches- something to Improve on in the next couple games. Man of the match was Charles Brayshaw for his contribution with the bat and another good bowling performance. Let’s keep this momentum and put in another good performance next week- up the twos!!