LEAIINGTON IV 222 for 7
TGCC 160 all out
Grafton visited high flying Leamington hoping to build on last week’s two wicket tense win against Stoneleigh. Killian called correctly and inserted Leamington, following the successful chasing formula from the previous week.
Grafton got off to a flying start as Pedley got the first break-through, a sharp caught behind, in the 3rd over. Pedley was unlucky two overs later, when a simple catch was misjudged by Russeller, pulling a muscle in the process. Luckily for Grafton, we had a spare fielder in Milky, who replaced the hobbling Russeller, only to subsequently pull a muscle of his own 15 overs later.
Leamington batsmen Dale and Credgington were looking to get on top of the bowling, but it was first change bowlers Kirk and Barry who put the brakes on the scoring rate. First Barry had the dangerous Credgington brilliantly caught by Onens in the covers, whilst Kirk had Davison caught by Harvey. Kirk’s confidence grew throughout his spell, and ended up with impressive figures of 1-36 off his 10 overs.
Harvey replaced Barry, and burgled 3 wickets, before Pedley came back on, picking up another wicket from a great catch, this time Sam Roberts, plucking a one handed grab, Stokes style, that he had no right to make.
Leamington finished on 222 for 7, setting Grafton a difficult chase, but with a fast outfield and one short boundary, it felt achievable.
The Grafton reply began brightly, but the brakes were applied when Kirk, Russell and Wheeler departed in quick succession. Harvey and Liam Killian struggled against the accuracy of Davison and the left arm spin of Wayne Killian, with Liam taking an unprecedented 24 balls to get off the mark. Harvey departed LBW, but with Barry joining Killian at the crease the runs started to flow again. Grafton’s hopes were left with Killian going big, but when he fell to a catch in the deep, Grafton’s middle order struggled as the run rate climbed. Barry made a classy 31, but in the end Grafton were well short of victory, finishing on 160 in 43 overs.
Scorecard – http://templegrafton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3749227