Grayshott were in high spirits to play after the last Sunday game at Hawkley was rained off. People arrived in high hopes after few of the Grayshott players went sight seeing around petersfield to find the ground. Once everyone was there the skipper lost the toss and was put into the field.
Billy and Aaron opened the bowling. There were a few chances to say the least, unfortunately they all fell short or went in between fielders. With a very quick outfield the 50 partnership was brought up with Jack Wrenn, dispatching the opening bowlers everywhere until Aaron Avery hit the top of off stump, bowling James Stratford-Tuke for 11.
That brought Kieran Wells and young Joshua Cook onto bowl. Kieran putting the pressure on, with young Joshua looking more and more likely to get a wicket with a few close calls. He then got the prized scalp of Jack Wrenn, clean bowled who belted 71 off 43. Kieran’s tidy spin bowling produced another wicket, edging through to Luke Gudge. The collapse looked likely for Petersfield, but James Longland steadied the ship scoring 78 off 84 despite Jaime House taking 2 wickets with some more spin bowling to the dismay Luke. There was even the skipper getting in on the fun, bowling dodgy off spin! After getting smashed for six and the mystery ball failed, he stuck to his medium pacers for the last over. Notable bowling from Kevin Roberts and John Lee who bowled tidily, restricting Petersfield to a healthy 198-5.
After tea, Mark Weakes and the skipper went out to bat with the emphasis on just having fun. Surprisingly the pair got off to a flyer, with the Skipper and Mark hitting it all over the ground, the 50 partnership being notched up inside 8 overs. It wouldn’t last though, as Mark got a little excited and chipped one straight up in the air. Petersfield managed 2 quick wickets for not many, but that didn’t deter the skipper from trying to keep the pressure on Petersfield.
Although the skipper did apologise for smacking the ball against Jamie, he soldiered on, hitting a lovely 4 and then seeing through to drinks. Jamie continued to play well, seeing off the threatening Jack Wrenn, but ultimate was undone, when his eyes lit up and missed a straight one. Kieran Wells came to the crease and was looking to score quickly, but was picked out in the deep and the game was starting to teeter towards petersfield, with the Skipper seeming to run out of steam. Then Aaron Avery came to the crease and reignited the charge. The game shifted when he hit a lofted drive back over Jack Wrenn for a huge six. Which in turn meant the skipper came to join the fun with the pair putting on 70 in about 8 overs, with boundaries being hit all over the park. The skipper, although couldn’t see it through as he got his first ever Ton (retired not out), lefrt Aaron to hit a couple boundaries to put the game to bed with a confident 48* and plenty overs to spare.
Petersfield 198-5 35 overs
James Longland 78*
Jack Wrenn 71
Grayshott 199-5 31.3 overs
Charles Brayshaw 100*
Aaron Avery 48*