Grayshott continued their strong start to the season with a resounding victory over Harting. Skipper Joyce was late on parade due to some over running engineering works or some such nonsense. Sampson was sent to win the toss which he duly lost enabling Harting to make first use of the good looking batting track.
Chris Brophy and Ed Taylor bowled with great control and no little pace making it very difficult for the Harting batters to make any real headway. It wasn’t until the 29th over that the scoring rate crept over 2 an over. Brophy could have had a few wickets on another day and Taylor certainly laid the foundation for a strong fielding display.
King Julian and the evergreen Aggar replaced the openers. Brophy was finally positioned just right at mid/long on for Wadey to pick him out. Kite followed soon after for a well made 20 and suddenly Grayshott felt they were in amongst them. Barnard and Baldwin nudged, edged and slapped a few useful runs, Oosthuizen particularly unlucky not to collect a wicket.
But the turning point was the introduction of Larby and Wheble to very quickly mop up the tail. Larby bowled with the sort of pace a very long run up would generate, whist Wheble literally wobbled the ball in the air from his 2 pace run up.
Umpire Heath confirmed Wheble’s vociferous appeal with his first ball to remove Barnard for 24 and the remainder soon fell away. Harting making 81 all out in 35.2 overs.
Tea was ignored completely as both sides looked to finish the game off quickly. Neil Sampson and Wheble were watchful early on as a varied selection of deliveries arrived from the Harting openers. Sampson was quick onto anything full whilst Wheble occupied the crease and ran lots of two’s!
Having edged most of his runs Wheble finally middled a ball, straight to mid off who duly snaffled the chance.
Skipper Joyce (26) joined Sampson (33) and pair took no prisoners in their pursuit of victory. Sampson drove and galloped up and down whilst Joyce swished and flicked. Harting’s side was quickly reducing in numbers with injuries and dinner reservations adding to their wows. Grayshott finished the game off in 17 overs taking maximum points. Still time for some fines, a trip to Broxhead and a very enjoyable curry to finish off a highly satisfactory day