Firstly congratulations to Graeme Aggar who picked up a fifer yesterday in the 2nd XI win at home to Bramley. Graeme picked 5-17 in 9 overs.
Our illustrious leader Toby Joyce after a week of last minute team changes and availability issues walked out to complete the toss not really knowing who his team was. After then losing the toss and being put into bat the team were left questioning who he was in return.
Andy Wheble & Rav Sriharan opened the innings against some bowling of variable pace. Andy fell for 9 bowled by an inswinger, Rav battled on impressively and at times with aggressive temperament, falling out with several of the bowlers along the way. In at 3 was Joyce who opened up his scoring with a 6 into the trees to show his intent. A good partnership between the 2 of them, Toby falling for 35 and Rav for 34 and given a send off for his troubles. Harry Haribo Hannam, Richard Baker and Dr Will Phipps were then at the crease. Harry going for a duck, Richard happily starting July with some runs after a June to be forgotten. Richard fell for 13 and the Dr for 5 leaving ancient Aggar and the freshly shaven youthful Charles Brayshaw out in the middle.
Charles batted positively and ran Aggar into the ground with numerous 2’s and far too many 3’s. A nice stand of 50 was put together with Charles scoring an excellent 38 and Aggar puffing along to 15, although controversially given out to a no ball that Captain Joyce refused to give from square leg. Innings finished on 158 for 7 off 45 overs.
Grayshott in the field started off with a disaster, Harry had neglected to bring the celebratory Haribos onto the ground. This led to nothing to be celebrated for the first few overs despite the efforts of Cam Oosthuizen and Barry Owen. The team put the blame squarely on Harry for this. Situation resolved at a sanitizer break, haribos on field and a wicket was the result to Cam’s bowling. Ben Barclay into the attack with what he would admit was somewhat wayward bowling, his one and maybe only straight ball surprising the batsman so much he was out lbw.
Aggar was brought on at the other end early by the Captain who was still feeling guilty for the no ball decision. A spell of 9 overs, 5 wickets for 17 runs ensued, the Bramley batsman foiled and confused by the very very slow pace, backed up by good fielding and a diving catch by Andy. The skipper smelling the chance of wickets brought himself on at the other end and finished things off with 6.2 overs, 3 wickets for 10 runs, with a blinding caught and bowled to seal the victory. Bramley all out for 102. Great game Grayshott and a good win.