TGCC 167 all out
TANWORTH & CAMP HILL 154 all out
They say that the weather affects your mood, at 1pm on Saturday 10 unenthusiastic players (plus badger) took to the field in cold, windy & cloudy conditions at Tanworth. By 7pm the sun was shining, Grafton had won a low scoring match against a young & enthusiastic opposition and spirits were high.
With only five players at the ground just before the due start time common sense prevailed and Grafton batted first. Russeller & Badger opened up for Grafton, Badger fell to the second ball he faced, adjudged caught behind down the leg side – a decision he wasn’t happy with…. His day was to improve significantly later on.
Wheeler joined Russeller at the crease and the pair batted in very circumspect fashion. Credit must go to pair of young opening bowlers for the hosts, Newell & Luke Wright, who put the ball in some decent areas. Russeller was second to fall & Wheeler soon followed, both spooning catches to point.
A Grafton match wouldn’t be the same without a Benjamin & Tom made a rare weekend appearance. He showed no signs of rustiness & looked like he must’ve had a bat like a traction engine… Father & son Jon & Liam Livesey, both helping us out at the last minute, followed in quick succession, Jon to a suicidal runout called by Tom. With Kizza not lasting long, Grafton were 76 for 6 and an early finished loomed…
Then came the game defining partnership. Cav has been in excellent form this season & he looked like he was batting on a different planet to everyone else. He lost Tommy for a well made 35 but went up a gear when joined by Sam Roberts who seemed inspired by his batting partner, both hit big leg side sixes. The pair added a swift 57 before a clearly annoyed Roberts was caught for 17. Kirk & Pedders both fell for ducks, Cav finished on a magnificent 60 not out & Grafton ended up on a respectable 167. Credit must go to the home team who were very enthusiastic & competent in the field.
Tea was a good mix of sandwiches, savouries & cakes.
In reply a clear fired up Pedders grabbed two early wickets, cleaning up both McKay & Hill. This brought together the impressive young pair of Newell & Josh Wright. With a combined age of less than most of the Grafton players, the two batted with great maturity, seeing off the opening pair of Pedders & Kirky and then rotating the strike well against Sam & the young Liam Livesey, who bowled really well on his Grafton debut. They looked to be inching their way towards the target
The pair continued to score well, but a well worked run out (Kirky sliding the ball back to Wheeler, who threw in to Tommy) ran out Wright for 35. This brought home captain Turnbull to the crease & he immediately played his shots to increase the rate.Pre game Badger told us his captaincy contained a hint of Mike Brearley (with a touch of David Brent) and his decision to keep Pedders back for two overs proved a masterstroke. Pedley removed the dangerous Turnbull for 21, before Badger came to the fore.
Figures of 0-33 from six overs, turned into figures of 6-35 from 7.5 overs! First to go was Newell caught & bowled for a well made 54. With Cav keeping things (relatively) tight from the other end & the required run rate climbing, Badger bowled stump to stump & the batsmen got out trying to force the pace. 154 for 6 off 38.1 overs became 154 all out off 38.5 as Badger took the last four wickets in consecutive balls, to see Grafton home by 13 runs.
Credit must go to the hosts for hosting as short notice & who also have some good young cricketers, which bodes well for their future.