TGCC 257 for 7
The Lenches 61 all out
Temple Grafton win by 196 runs
On reflection it’s easy to overlook how big a result this was for Grafton. Granted, The Lenches weren’t at full strength (nor with full numbers for much of the game), but they still fielded the oft admired Al White; it’s the fact that Grafton overcame batting milestones which at times had looked alien over the course of the 2018 season to date.
To pick up a 196 run victory when you’ve failed to score any more that 180 in a single innings all season is certainly something to crow about. The sheer obstinate nature of Killer to win the toss and bat AGAIN, giving the batsman another opportunity to prove that we should be 10 for 3 off 4 overs every week. Retaining confidence in the same bowlers (in fairness, due to injuries our only bowlers) after a few near misses. Hats off lads.
The game itself. Instead of 10 for 3, read 70 for 1. DJ; finally instructed to return to the top of the order and to bat through from there. Kirky, confident in the ability to play shots thanks to his safety blanket – and this he did. White in particular getting the full treatment before his dismissal for 32. At the other end; DJ was in imperious form; the bowling played to his strengths as he cut with aplomb allowing Johnners to take his time getting his eyes in. Some beautiful drives were struck until he picked out White at deep backward square. Killer too was circumspect as the Lenches slow bowlers came on. DJ disappointed to be run out for 61 off 70 balls with a ton in the offing. Killer caught off young Turner. Enter the keepers. Steve Wheeler, back in the fray after some interesting Saturday excursions and Andrew Thorpe (again showing his mettle on a decent track) both scored quickly as Grafton cruised to 257 off their 45 overs. Thorpe 37 not out at the close.
Pedmore struck early with the ball; having nursed a cracking hangover all afternoon he was glad to see off his nemesis and Howard bowled another immaculate 10 over spell (3-17). When DJ had Al White caught by Johnston it was game over and The Lenches capitulated to 61 all out giving Grafton a wonderful 24 point victory to stave off relegation fears for a little longer. In truth, it’s all fairly close with everyone seemingly capable of winning against each other. Another 20 points against Stoneleigh next week should open up a nice gap going into the second half of the season where we’ll hopefully have a few of the walking wounded back and ready for action.