On a cloudy overcast day the Graces Captain won the toss and put the opposition in to bat. The ball swung around and the early bowlers kept the score very tight. Ramesh was unlucky not to get any wickets and most of the other bowlers took a couple of wickets each. After tea the Sun came out and Graces cruised to 48-0. Then we experienced a little wobble before getting the total. Well done to the first win of the season.
Octopus 84 all out. Grace’s 85-4.
last ball defeat!
Our second game of the season against Walthamstow Horizontals turned out to particularly eventful. Mirav , Nirav and Giles all made their debut for the club.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat 2 quick wickets were lost before Mendis and Mirav put together an 82 third wicket partnership. After struggling with his timing and being dropped twice Mirav put bat to ball with some firm shots before being bowled for 44.
Mendis was then supported by the middle order going on to an imperious 111 eventually holing out in the deep. He hit 2 big sixes into the adjoining tennis courts as well as a range of sumptuous drives and pulls. The tail then wagged with Neil 18 and Noddy 21 (welcomed back after a long absence)
The total of 248 looked competitive.
Hemang and Neil opened and bowled tightly , debutant Giles running out one of the openers with great reactions. Walthamstow then dug in – the bowlers were rotated but wickets were hard to come by. We followed the Walthamstow example spilling catching chances. The batsman took advantage of these missed chances and started to hit anything loose to the boundary with a 3rd wicket stand of 133.
Mendis came on and took 2 wickets and was on a hat-trick. The game looked like ours to take. Again Walthamstow then dug themselves out with some bit hits keeping up with the run rate.
A 6 in the penultimate over then saw 5 needed off the last over – Noddy bowled well and the scores were tied with one ball left. A leg bye was scrambled to give jubilant Walthamstow a victory by 5 wickets in the tightest of finishes.
A great game with almost 500 runs scored against great opposition.
GWR sadly pulled out at 9.45 pm on Saturday night leaving us no time to organise another match
Bad news about this fixture
The opposition have pulled out at very late notice leaving us no alternative but to cancel the game!
Greetings – here’s the line up for Sunday’s first home game against GWR Trailfinders CC
Richard B , Mendis , Mirav , Abhi , Laslo , Jonathan , Hemang , Manish , Sree , Anosh , Nirav
It’s a 2pm start so don’t be late!
As ever if you are interested in playing or just want to come and watch, everyone is welcome to come along and meet the team. It’s a nice ground just a few minutes from Greenford tube station.
After a rainy morning the clouds cleared to reveal a sunny afternoon for Grace’s season opener in south London.
The Grace’s squad arrived in good time to inspect the wicket which looked true and flat with a fast, green outfield.
Dom lost the toss and the nine men of Merton CC opted to bat. After some lusty blows the dangerous looking opener (he made 144 the previous week) drove to mid on where Richard took a smart catch off Ramesh.
With Grace’s bowlers then finding line and length , wickets fell regularly , including 2 for debutant Neil ,leaving Merton on 80 for 5 . The game was in the balance . However a determined 6th wicket stand between Griffith and Iqbal than started to take the game away from Grace’s adding 99 runs with some hard drives. Tight fielding kept the score down.
Gordie was enjoying his time behind the stumps taking 3 catches and then a fourth – Iqbal- for 49 just when Merton were looking to accelerate in the last few overs. They totalled 186 -7 off their 40 overs. Would this be enough?
After a great tea Grace’s started the run chase – Abhi, opening with Dom , hit a fluent 28 before falling to a great diving catch at point (1-33). Merton then produced some tight and accurate bowling reducing Grace’s to 55 for 6. It looked all but over at this stage but Gordie had other ideas , following on from his great batting last season he started to find his form immediately, punishing the young spinner with some lofted drives and pulling anything short. Richard provided excellent support rotating the strike. Merton were getting worried and fielded well despite only having 9 men. Richard ,after consolidating the innings ,then accelerated with some well stuck boundaries. They added 100 runs before Gordie was caught on the legside boundary for an outstanding 75.
Grace’s fell 10 runs short – a lot of positives to take from a very enjoyable match played in great spirit..
man of the match – Gordie!
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A message from the club president
The coming out of Surrey wicketkeeper Steve Davis is, hopefully a catalyst for gay cricket fans/players and officials to feel uninhibited, liberated, if you like.
For the most part it’s a sport that doesn’t have an endemic homophobia and that should help the cause of Grace’s in recruiting gay and gay-friendly players in the future.
What’s better than spending a sunny (and we do get a few) Sunday afternoon playing cricket among like-minded friends? Can’t think of one..so, what are you waiting for?
In the past decade homosexuality has become widely accepted and has seeped further into the patchwork of society.
There are many gay public role models in the spotlight, from Alan Carr to Mary Portas, from Stephen Fry to Ellen DeGeneres, and even politicians such as Nigel Evans…
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England cricketer Steven Davies this week became the first openly gay cricket player. The Surrey wicket-keeper went public with the news in an interview with the Daily Telegraph five years after telling his family. He also announced that he had told his international team mates just before this winter’s heroic Ashes tour…
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