Woodlawn – Lost by 6 wickets

Grace's in need of 50 more runs!

The very late drop out of Five Lions CC saw a hastily arranged fixture against new opponents Woodlawn CC from Hampton Court. The morning showers had happily disappeared leaving a sunny afternoon by the time Dom lost the toss and was invited to bat by the visitors.

 

He opened with Stuart and things were progressing well  until the 6th over – with the score at 26 Dom edged to the slip (looking to repeat a delicious late cut) Enter Simon who showed his ability with some lovely straight drives taking the score to 44 before Stuart followed Dom’s example edging to slip for an attacking 29 – this was to be our top score of the day.

 

Leo then joined Simon who was looking set until he mistimed the sumptuously bearded 4th bowler Mr Chapman and was caught and bowled for a nice 19. This was to epitomise the afternoon as most Grace’s batsmen got a good start only to perish – credit is due to the visitor’s niggly bowling making us work for the runs. 70 for 3 soon became 73 for 4 as Leo was next to give the slips practice for 12.

 

Woodlawn’s fielded was top drawer snaffling almost all the catching chances offered keeping the pressure on us. Newton in at 6 was bowled for 9 (he demonstrated an interesting use of a cricket box and a carrier bag preparing to bat!)- Naroshan again batted positively until he was caught for 10 (98 – 6 in the 26 over) At this stage the necessity of seeing out the overs became apparent – however good bowling saw Scott caught at slip for 15 – this was the visiting skipper’s 4thslip catch of the afternoon!

 

Jonners and Anosh added 17 runs before Anosh holed out to a great running catch in the deep – late drama saw Matthew collapse with a pulled hamstring which saw him retire bringing Mamun in – he was then left not out in the penultimate over as Jonners was bowled with an optimistic yahoo.

 

Grace’s pondered their low total of 137 as the usual spartan Greenford tea was taken – Dom was considering the bowling options as we only had 3 regulars playing. Hopes were raised as Naroshan took an outstanding catch in the deep – 16 for 1. However Ben ,the guest’s other opener , and the number 3 (Tish , 4 catches!) then showed great concentration in accumulating runs with almost no chances offered. 

 

The hundred came up in the 22nd over and Dom tried all the options open to him (Anosh , Mamun , Newton , Leo and himself) to no avail as the batsman showed great application and some nice shots. Ben looked to be guiding his team to victory until Dom produced what could be the ball of the afternoon (did it hit something?)as he bowled him with a jaffa – a late flurry of wickets added a bit of respectability as Woodlawn reached the target for 4 wickets down.

 

We did well as it took until the 30th over for the target to be reached and we didn’t give up – another 50 runs would have made it interesting. The visitors will certainly be invited back as they played in a very sporting spirit – hopefully we can get more runs on the board next week!

 

 

Hounslow Hawks CC – Won by 3 wickets

Grace's squeak home in low scoring game

On a blustery day we welcomed the Hawks as a new opposition to Greenford where despite the recent rain the pitch was quite good. A friendly bunch with a tendency to appeal every ball at times and as seemingly several people were trying to organise play, they considered us an organised team. They batted first with their second Khurram soon finding boundaries in a hasty 32 when caught by Mamun although opener Afzal had made only one score of 2 before this, taken LBW, both wickets off Newton. Waz meanwhile had also found the measure and was steadily edging forward to their high score of 36. Viru was showing signs of getting comfortable till Anosh who was now bowling watched as Dean caught a wild stroke at mid wicket for only 10.

The run rate was slowing now after a rapid assault to start and two bowlers Aki and Rinku visited the crease for a short time as Dean at a fast pace bowled the pair in his second over. Muteen faced Anosh and made one strike, hoping to return for 2 but Mahender threw with deadly aim from square to knock the bails before the bat was anywhere near the crease.

Shortly after Mamun induced Waz to send a high ball and Stuart took a fine catch close to boundary and the prospect of high scores was gone. Now there were mainly bowlers being terrified as Dean sent fast accurate balls their way and in defensive play they edged the score past 100 up to 113. Ati provided a catch for Newton off Anosh and after consecutive maidens Dean clean bowled Aman and Amir.

Tea was a picnic affair as virtually all of Hawks are on fasting and the standard tea is not provided for one team, so with some provisions thought through and other contributions it was a pleasant interlude.  Now a target of 114 and plenty of scope ahead.

Ati and Rinku opened the bowling each bowling the allotment very tightly against Dom and Mahender. Rinku had three maidens in his spell and the score was creeping at 2 an over by the time Dom got caught at square by Waz off Ati. Leo came in and also struggled to open up but there was a partnership building before also following Dom he was caught the same. With fresh bowlers, Aki was expensive in two overs but was not called to redeem himself. Similarly with their early exit, our Ali had suffered in the same vein. Immy now came in with a steady spin and took Mahender, caught by Rinku on the first ball in a case of how did that happen as by now he was solid and had amassed a top score of 38.

Sadly Ali, in his debut match went, swiftly taken lbw by Afzal, while still  bedding in. That LBW hurt as it was high on his inner thigh. Niroshan who had earlier kept fine wicket showed his intent and response with a four and had a good knock being bowled toward the very end by Muteen with a credible 17. 4 overs before this Immy claimed two further scalps by taking Newton with his 17 caught at leg boundary by Ati and flummoxing Stuart as if there was space between leg and wicket to let the bails fall so fast. Bringing the match to close was Dean who defended with Niroshan then Anosh for a few on the board and enough to reach the target in 32nd over without any real panic and three wickets in hand.

All in all, a relaxed pace match with determination and cohesion evident. Every match had the ones that get away but though a couple would have wished to actually score, no one disgraced.  Dean demoralised them most with his four wickets but all made a good show and on the form today, if any lesser opening bowlers, a high score would always have been matched.

Southlands CC – Lost by 2 wickets

Opposition scrape home as our tails fails to wag!

Our first trip to Boston Manor this season saw the visit of Southlands CC – thankfully the threatening weather held off and the sun was spotted in the afternoon!

 

Dom won the toss and chose to bat on a flat looking strip. Grace’s were soon having second thoughts as 4 batsman were soon back in the pavilion for only 18 runs. This was the result of some wily bowling and injudicious shots. This brought Mendis and Stuart to the crease. Mendis simply carried on from his previous innings looking serene as he showed his class with a range of drives and pulls. Stuart also looked comfortable with the bowling as anything loose was punished. This pair got our innings back on track adding 80 before Stuart was out in an unusual manner. The young bowler Luder (junior) was having problems with control and had given away lots of extras (there were a total of 29 in the innings) before Stuart stepped back to a wide delivery, thought about where it was going to be dispatched to and only succeeded in flattening his own stumps! He’d scored a rapid 39 and looked set for a 50.

 

Niroshan came in at 7 and played a very responsible innings supporting Mendis for 7 overs before he was bowled for 11. He’d added 40 with Mendis for the 6th wicket. Manish then entered the fray scoring an entertaining 23 in a 52 run partnership. Mendis in the meantime had passed his 50 and looked in no danger. He was next out however LBW for a classy 70. 190 for 7 became 191 all out in the 36th over as the Grace’s tail failed to wag and crucially failed to see out the 40 overs. 6th bowler Durban picked up 3 wickets for no runs! Grace’s were happy to reach a defendable 190 after such a poor start to the innings.

 

The teams then retired to the shabby pavilion where Dom and Paul provided a great tea featuring sandwiches, quiche, fruit and included in the fine range of desserts an outstanding lemon meringue pie!

 

After stuffing ourselves battle recommenced with Newton and Mamun opening the attack against Weinbaum and Baron who shared a quickfire 31 before Naroshan caught the number 1 off Manish for 18. Luder (senior) in at 3 took up the attack with an effective approach of hitting everything to the leg side. Baron in the meantime was using a runner due to a hamstring injury before Jonners stumped him off the excellent Manish for 21 – 2 for 58 in the 17th over.

 

This brought in Durban who shortly hit Mahender to long on where Stuart took a well judged catch – 3 for 73. Reynolds in at 5 after a shaky start started to find his timing and took the attack to Grace’s with anything loose punished. He was the danger man and kept up the scoring rate bringing up the visitor’s 100 in the 25th over. Dom mixed up the bowling but our lack of a 5th regular bowler showed. Some good middle support for Reynolds kept the scoreboard ticking over but Grace’s were still in the game. However some expensive overs took the pressure off Southlands and despite some late wickets (including Stuart picking up another sharp catch off Dom) including Reynolds for 61 the visitors got home with an over to spare with 8 wickets down. An enjoyable game against friendly opposition that highlighted the importance of seeing out the full 40 overs – but credit to Southlands for some attacking batting. 

 

Merton – Won by 73 runs

3 fifties!

Match report away to Merton CC – 7th June 2015

 

After the previous week’s drizzle Grace’s were delighted to have a glorious afternoon for the visit to our established opposition in south London. The toss lost ,we were invited to bat on what looked like a flat track.

 

Dom and Mahender duly took up the opening duties – While Dom was initially more circumspect, Mahender immediately took a liking to the host captain’s bowling with attacking shots to all parts of the ground. – despite the other youthful opener (Kidd) bowling well the score rattled along to the delight of the rest of the team and supporters.

 

The hundred was brought up in only the 16th over and Mahender finally skied a well taken catch for an entertaining 56 off only 45 deliveries. Stuart came in at 3 and carried on the attack. Dom, in the meantime, had got his eye in with some stylish drives. In the 24th over Stuart fell LBW for a quick fire 28 – 148 for 2

 

Mendis joined his skipper at the crease and soon took full advantage of the true bounce with some stylish cuts and drives. In the 32nd over Dom was finally bowled dancing down the track for a well judged 56 including 10 fours (199 for 3). Newton came in at 5 and the Sri Lankan duo kept the score moving along , Merton were doing a lot of chasing on a very fast outfield but never gave up with spinner Gunn being the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 26 off his 8 overs.

 

Our innings finished on 280 for 4, Mendis unbeaten on 78 off only 51 deliveries – Merton lacked the bowling depth from previous matches but we had batted very well and set a competitive total. A very nice tea was then enjoyed.

 

The sun continued to shine as Newton and Mamun opened the bowling attack for Grace’s. Merton’s openers needed to be positive chasing a good total and took the score to 32 before Jonners took a sharp catch off Mamun to send Ackerman back to the pavilion. This brought the youngster Gunn (son of the parsimonious bowler) in at 3. After setting himself he then took the attack to Grace’s with a range of entertaining strokes. Thankfully his partners weren’t able to hang around long enough and wickets fell regularly, 2 for 62 (Stuart taking a nice running catch) Keeper Jonathan then caught the dangerous Beckford off Mendis to bring the score to 101 for 3.

 

Manish ,back after a long absence, was the pick of our bowlers pinning down one end and picking up 3 wickets  – meanwhile Gunn had taken a liking to Mahender’s bowling until Mamun took a fine juggling catch on the boundary off a very wide delivery for a lovely 76. Dean then picked up 2 quick wickets including a painful looking caught and bowled which saw him briefly leave the field for an ice pack  After Gunn’s departure Merton didn’t give up but wickets fell regularly and Sid took the last wicket ( Jonners 3rd caught behind after stopping one with his cheek!) to see our hosts all out for 203.

 

So a fine all round performance (3 fifties in an innings is a rarity) against very welcoming hosts who are at Greenford later in the season. The very sporting air to the game was typified by Stuart , who’d looked to have taken a great catch , indicating he’d actually grounded it.

Judd St Tigers – Lost by 11 runs

Run chase falls short!

Thanks to the Tigers for this match report

 

PAULIN GROUND, WINCHMORE HILL SUNDAY 24 MAY 2015
JUDD STREET TIGERS 162-7 BEAT GRACES CC 151-9 BY 11 RUNS

The Tigers finally got a win on the board after five attempts in a tense finish at a gloomy, damp Winchmore Hill. It was a match of four quarters; the visitors winning the first half of each innings with the Tigers roaring back in the second, indebted to a club record unbroken eighth wicket stand of 88 between Chris Dane (40*) and Matt Webster (34*) and some excellent bowling and fielding in the last overs of Graces’ reply.

Bank Holiday weekends are notoriously difficult for team selection, exacerbated by this one coinciding with the last day of the football season. Matt Webster’s last-minute inclusion boosted his team’s chances but they still took the field a man short.

Invited to bat first, the Tigers’ innings limped along like a lumbering Pink Floyd track until finally enlivened by a blistering David Gilmour guitar solo. In trouble at 1-2 in the 3rd over after a rare Barnaby Pinfield golden duck, the batsmen struggled against some accurate bowling and strong fielding on a worn pitch. Mike Herlihy’s 22 was the best effort in the early stages, but when Chris Wright was dismissed in the 26th over the innings stood at a precarious 74-7, effectively eight down with only ten batsmen.

Buttocks

Buttocks – we can rebuild him – we have the technology.

Webster, affectionately known as ‘Buttocks’ to his teammates, is best known for his parsimonious bowling, but he can be an accomplished lower-order batsman and this was indeed a day when buttocks opened up to telling effect, as he and Chris Dane rescued the situation, the visitors becoming increasingly hampered by the drizzle and wet ball, conceding a number of needless extras and buzzers**. Their partnership turned the game around, 56 coming in the last 10 overs as the fielders slithered and fumbled.

Thankfully the rain ceased during oranges and the fixture was to go its full course. Matt bagged Scott caught behind in the third over and Wright bowled Martin at 37, but Mendis was batting superbly and found a willing partner in Newton. At 20-over drinks Graces seemed well in charge at 98-2, needing just 65 from the final 20 overs with 8 wickets in hand, but the ball was becoming out of shape and the consistency of a wet cheese and excellent spells by Dane (2-18) and Steve Bignell (2-12) slowed the runs to a trickle, yielding just 30 in their combined 16 overs. It was Daney who achieved the vital breakthrough, bowling Mendis for 66, with Bignell combining with Pinfield to dismiss Newton. Skipper Richard Burgess held his nerve with some brave bowling changes and it paid off.

Wrighty

Wrighty – with a pear, walnut and blue cheese salad, some fava beans and a nice Chianti

International gastronome Chris Wright came back for a second helping, having Sherwood caught by Rowan Allerton at mid-off, both players bagging another catch each as the screw tightened. Graces needed 13 from the final over and it proved too much. ‘It was a great team effort’, commented Director of Cricket Bignell. ‘The boys left everything out there on the pitch. Hopefully we can now move onwards and upwards’.

* The opening track on the second Pink Floyd album A saucerful of secrets
** Overthrows

Alleyns Adhoc – Won by 103 runs

Noddy 113 and 5 wickets! Can we play!c

Match report – Alleyns Adhoc v Grace’s 17th May 2015 – won by 107 runs

 

A bright sunny afternoon saw Grace’s return to leafy and very posh Herne Hill to play Alleyns Adhoc at their lovely ground.

 

The toss was lost and Grace’s were inserted on a flat looking track – last season we were skittled out for 102 so the hosts were keen to restrict us again. Dom opened with Noddy against the 10 men of Alleyns and Noddy was soon building his innings with a mixture of solid defence and punishment of loose deliveries. Some lovely drives and pull shots saw Noddy start to dominate the bowling with sensible support from the skipper keeping the strike rotating. Noddy brought up his half century off 44 balls with only a half chance of a catch being offered in the way of errors. When Dom was caught for 17 in the 18th over the score was 87.

 

Stuart came in at 3 and played positively as ever with some well timed drives taking the score along nicely with Noddy. By this stage Alleyns were rotating the bowling (using 7 in the match lacking the depth in attack they had last season) However the partnership was set with the hosts doing a lot of ball chasing as both batsmen demonstrated great timing and aggression. Noddy reached a fine century (Kato, their captain, running in from the boundary to shake his hand typified the sporting air to the game) In the 29th over and was finally run out for 113 with the score at 181 for 2. He hit 19 fours in an elegant innings that was thoroughly enjoyed by his team.

 

Mendis came in at 4 and carried on the attack with a rapid 21. Stuart looked set for a 50 but played on for a quick fire 44 including the afternoon’s only 6. The middle order played positively in the last few overs – (Dean was out for what was perhaps a woody LBW!) and Niroshan, Newton and Scott took the total to a competitive 253 for 6.

 

A healthy tea was then taken (fruit no cake!) before Newton and Mamun opened the attack for Grace’s. Last week we dropped some catches and paid accordingly, today however , we found our catching skills once more as Newton took a well judged chance in the deep followed by Dean with a sharp diving catch at silly point followed by what may have been the pick by Stuart on the long off boundary to see off the dangerous looking Sarson. These 3 great catches (all off Mamun’s bowling) visibly lifted Grace’s and the hosts were now 23 for 3 in the ninth over.

 

Alleyns were now under the cosh and Grace’s bowlers kept up the pressure – Matthew and Mendis were the first change bowlers and made the batsmen work for runs. McClean and Peak showed fight with 16 and 21 respectively. However it was to be Noddy’s day as 5th bowler, bowling spin due to various injuries. He then proceeded to pick up 5 wickets for 16 runs with an accurate line and length. This took the hosts to 89 for 9 in the 29th over.

 

The last wicket pair then provided what is apparently Alleyn’s record last wicket partnership taking the score to 144 all out with an entertaining attacking display with Mr Dyson ,the number 8, finishing unbeaten on 39.

 

Both teams then retired to the well stocked bar to recover from their exertions and compare stories from the day. For Grace’s it was also a chance to enjoy Noddy’s jug for an amazing display of cricketing skills – the records will have to be scoured to see if a century and 5 wickets have featured in a Grace’s game previously – are you available next week!!

 

The 3 great catches also played a part in the win – Mamun finished with 3 for 39 bowled well and it was an enjoyable game against a very friendly and hospitable Alleyns Adhoc team.

 

Also a big thanks for our supporters who came along – especially the ever present Phil.

 

Colin kindly kept running notes during the match – here they are for your perusal;

 

Graces vs AdHoc Alleyns was an early start but batting first we had soon reached 100 for 1 at drinks interval 20 overs as Dominic had shortly been taken at 87 for 17 after a solid first wicket partnership with high scoring Noddy

Stuart’s first boundary had the opposition all scrambling to find it in the rough, well that was the excuse for all the fumbling anyway
– 144 off 25 and Noddy at 93
Stuart hit the only 6 in the match off the side of his bat
Noddy then reached his ton with a single midway through the 27th over
At this point it was realised that only 10 were on the field. Maybe one of their players was finding how poor the trains were.
Noddy was finally run out in the 29th over chasing a quick single but the opposition were sharp and sent a good shot to the wicket directly. A solid 113 (for the third time) all the same that shaped the match. An opposition bowler had congratulated him at his century.
Mendis now joined Stuart
And was soon off the mark but a fielder covered a lot of ground to prevent the boundary straightaway So he switched his strike to find an open boundary.
– 194 for 2 at 30
3 leg byes marked the 200 and some careless overthrowing
Now the opposition were losing heart and getting ragged
Stuart played a shot on but found he was bowled for 44 in the 32nd at 202 for 3
Newton joins Mendis but did not survive an over being caught at silly point with only a 4 under his belt
Dean now comes in with his left hand to shake them up
Credit to our team for providing both the umpires with many serving very long spells
– 209 for 4 at 33 overs
Mendis thought he was powering a boundary only to have silly mid on drop the shot In the 35th over
221 off 35 and now 6 players were guarding the boundary ropes to avoid the score escalating
Mendis was then lbw giving Niroshan a chance to shine
Dean was also lbw but questionably while on 4 some way down the wicket but as Stuart was main umpire we suspected a conspiracy to keep him as 2nd highest batter!!
– 223 for 5 at 36. Scott now in to play

One of the rewards for not carrying the bat is that Noddy then gets to keep score when Jonners is ready if needed along with Mamun and Matthew
234 after 38 and now the team are fielding quite close with only token outliers
Skelton now bowled more loosely for the last over and the 250 was notched with good strikes from Niroshan and an innings total of 253 for 6  in 2 and half hours and not out scores of 14 and 12 for Scott and Niroshan
From a fine start the sky was now clouding over and the wind was blowing more determinedly, hopefully we were not too sluggish after such a fine selection at tea and play restarted at 16:20 and the sun shone again somewhat.

Newton opened the bowling to Gray with a safe pitch and a dot.
With an appeal called next ball. Scott was a safe pair of hands in the gloves
They got off the mark with a single as fine fielding prevented the boundary though the opposition ran fast when the ball was being chased toward boundary
Mamun  now bowled with most shots only played to close field
Newton got the first maiden of our side in the third over. I think Skelton got one for Ad Hoc in our innings.
With Newton  picking up a fine catch of Gray off Mamun in the next over, 8 for 1, though as it goes the first boundary also came in the same over.
A second diving reflexive low catch by Dean despatched another so 13 for 2 in a successful 4th over
Newton now got surprised as a good hook got a leg boundary 18 for 2 on 5
Mamun took it to 22 with one boundary conceded
Newton plucked a second maiden making it hard for them to anchor in
A fine cover drive was made only to find Stuart stretching handsomely high near the boundary rope – 22 for 3 and a wicket maiden
Mendis now starts the bowling in at  9th over with a maiden but for one wide
Mamun was steady always hoping an appeal is given and after 10 it is 24 for 3
Until the next ball in the 11th it is bowled by Mendis and 24 for 4
And another over passes by for only one added
Matthew now takes the ball, first time in some 35 years and is tried out with a square leg boundary – 32 for 4 off 12
Mendis has yet another over with only one added
Matthew has a few wides and a shot not quite caught
Again Mendis has one drawn from a wide in the over – 40 for 4 off 14
Matthew had two boundaries when shots not stopped cleanly though it is never as simple as looked
50 off 15
Noddy now comes in to bowl in 16th

Slowly the score reached 60 for 4 at the drinks interval then Noddy struck Peak with clean bowling after a previous lbw call and 62 for 5 in 21
Jonners has replaced Scott as Wickie for this half
Noddy strikes with lbw on penultimate ball of 23rd and a strong call for next victim next ball. 70 for 6
Run rate required is well over 10
Noddy clean bowls the next in 27th over, 81 for 7 but on last ball 4 are scored on bye
Mamun comes back to bowl in 28th and they reach 88 for 7 off 28
Shortly it is caught and bowled for Noddy in 29th and 89 for 8. Last man probably in as they only had 10 playing in field
And then surely it was all over 89 and out with another clean bowl by Noddy but one more batsman so Mamun comes in to kill for the 30th But they finally edged their 100.
The tail end now dug in and with the help of too many boundary byes, surpassed their own club record for a 10th wicket partnership
Eventually as they started to only need a run rate of 40 plus, Mamun clean bowled the last man Skelton for 19 in the 37th over and it was 145 all out. A stunning victory of 108 runs that could have been easily 150 but there seemed no question that the match was won thanks to solid fielding, some good catches and a lot of quality bowling even without impressive batting. With a high run and wicket tally Man of Match is surely Noddy this time around but many individual performances served warning that this is not to be taken for granted.

An enjoyable afternoon with a side often welcoming and chance to join together in the bar later.

 

Roehampton Bats – Lost by 21 runs

Low scoring run chase fails!

Match report 10th May v Roehampton Bats

Lost by 22 runs

After the previous week’s wash out Greenford was warm and sunny for the visit of Roehampton Bats. This game saw two debuts, Matthew and newbie Dean. Dom won the toss and not being too sure about the green strip invited the visitors to bat.

Rob continued his great swing bowling getting the wickets of both openers (bowled) leaving the score at 19-2, a great start. Newton also was accurate restricting the scoring. The visitor’s number 3, James (F) was not going to let himself be dominated by the bowling and attacked anything loose. Having caught everything against South Loughton Grace’s then proceeded to drop at least 5 in the afternoon including the number 3 twice. These were to prove costly as he went on to make an entertaining 47 before Mamun eventually bowled him. In the meantime wickets fell regularly at the other end – Rob got his third wicket bowling Thew, the number 4, for 2 runs. Dean took a sharp catch at point off Anosh while Matthew took a sweet catch at deep mid on to see Dixon (no 6) out for a duck.

James was supported by Cox and Brunner at 7 and 8 as 59 for 5 became 88 for 6 and 109 for 7. Being short of a fifth bowler Dom bowled himself – this resulted in a wicket for him, bowling Brunner for 15. Newbie Dean also chipped in with 4 overs and one wicket. Dom also took a nice catch at mid on and Roehampton were all out for 129 in the 36th over. As tea was taken Grace’s could feel happy about a great bowling performance but perhaps ruing the dropped catches which would have seen the visitors out for under 100.

Encouragingly the pitch played nicely after last season’s unpredictable bounce.

Dom and Stuart opened our innings and after a promising start a mix up resulted in Dom’s run out 19 for 1. Stuart soon followed being caught mistiming at deep square leg. 19 for 2 then became 23 for 4 as both Naroshan and Newton were bowled by the accurate Dixon (AL) Grace’s were in trouble and Jonners came in at 5 and dug in , Dean at 6 had a nice cameo before being caught for 11 – 37 for 5. Scott in at 7 in the 13th over then batted sensibly with Jonners for the only partnership of any significance in our innings.

Roehampton had understandably been very chirpy as Grace’s early wickets fell but became quieter as the total advanced. The bowling was rotated and eventually Jonners was LBW for a dogged 18 in the 26th over – 54 precious runs had been added taking the total to 91 for 6. Grace’s were now back in the game but when Scotty was out LBW to the accurate James for a well crafted 27 , Roehampton spirits were raised – 106 for 7. At this point there were still 12 overs left so Grace’s still had plenty of time to score the 24 needed with the 3 remaining wickets.

However despite 11 from Anosh the pressure told and our tail failed to wag and we were all out for 108 – our last 4 wickets falling for only 2 runs. It should be noted that extras were 2nd top scorer in our innings (24)

Sociable Roehampton then joined us in the club house for drinks and après match discussions about a very entertaining game!

After a great bowling performance Grace’s should have been able to reach the low total especially as the wicket played really well – definitely a case or more application and patience from our batters as well as the importance of catches!