2019 Match 4 – Grayswood CC

The Match:

Grayswood CC vs Pyestock CC

Date: Sunday 19th May 2019

Weather: Sunny and Warm

Toss: Won by Grayswood CC who elected to bat.

Result: Grayswood CC won by 108 Runs.

Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, J. Bromley, C. Butler, P. Bright, J. Threlfall, S. Armes, P. Harris, C.Eve, N.Butler, J.Baldwin (w).

How did thing start?

Pyestock actually started well with Neil Butler and Sam Armes keeping things tight early on. The opening overs seemed to suggest that last week’s impressive fielding performance would continue. In the 7th over, Butler trapped home Captain Tom White LBW for 6. Sadly this good start could not be capitalised upon as various dropped catches in quick succession gave both Kent and new batsman Jackson early reprieves as Pyestock failed to make further early inroads.

Did Pyestock pay for these errors?

Yes, very much so, both batsmen settled into their groove very comfortably and had Pyestock chasing leather for an extended period of the match. all bowling options were exhausted and no one seemed to be able to stem the tide as 100 was brought up in the 16th over and incredibly the 150 only 5 overs later. It seemed Pyestock would be chasing a huge score.

How did the innings conclude?

Both Kent and Jackson, who were a class above the remaining 20 players in the match retired with 82 and 100 respectively and allowed Pyestock to gain a foothold in the game. Pete Harris bowled Gemmell and Armes claimed a deseerved wicket with a scorching slip catch from Neil Butler. Pyestock rotated their bowlers heavily and gained some success as Butler, Heath and Bromley claimed further wickets as Grayswood closed on an imposing 276 for 7, just 8 runs from the record ever conceded by a Pyestock side.

So, the important bit, how was tea?

Difficult to find, moved from its location last season to a room upstairs in the pavilion. Otherwise very enjoyable, thank you to those who prepared for us.

Did Pyestock’s reply go well?

Jon Ford struggled once again and was caught and bowled in the 3rd over for 4, before paul Bright was caught behind as Pyestock fell to 43 for 2 in 9 overs. The run rate was decent, but chances of victory hinged on a similarly huge partnership that never materialised. Pyestock also lost Colin Butler, Jack Bromley, Chris Heath and Pete Harris before reaching 100. Hopes of victory dashed early and with no draw to play for, it was a long procession to the inevitable.

Any bright points in the innings?

At this point, Jay Threlfall joined the established Neil Butler at the crease and the pair entertained the masses and a partnership of 56 brought some credibility to the scorecard, Butler claimed a half century with some lusty blows, but ran out of partners in the 33rd over as last man Jake Baldwin was bowled by a full toss. grayswood had proved too strong on the day and claimed a deserved victory.

Any other Business:

Ducks: Just Little Jakey this week!

Buckets: A few, Pete Harris and Chris Heath amongst others.

Moment to Savour: Neil Butler rolling back the years to take a stunning one-handed catch at slip. One of those “blink and you will miss it moments” drew applause from both sides and spectators.

Pivotal moment: Maybe not a singular moment, but if Pyestock had taken their early chances, the result of the match could have been different. The dropped catches in the first 10 overs proved very very expensive all round!

Man of the Match: Top score with the bat, best bowling figures and a catch for the scrapbook! Step forward Neil Butler.

Next Week: Pyestock travel to Churt CC for a brand new fixture, Rudgwick unfortunately unable to provide a side, they themselves coming in for 2019 in place of Prestcold CC.

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