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East Drayton Welcome Grassmoor

On another glorious day East Drayton welcomed early season table toppers Grassmoor in what proceeded to be a low scoring contest.

 

Skipper Duncan proved again to be the best tosser in the league and elected to bat on what looked a quite amazingly transformed wicket from the first game.

Out strode Hog and Lambster to carry on their much blossoming partnership at the top of the order and as per usual started scoring at a quick pace against the 10 men of Grassmoor.

However the stand was cut short when Lambster mistimed a defensive shot off a sharply rising ball and saw the ball trickle into the stumps unable to do anything about it.

This brought Trevor Adams to the crease for his belated first game of the season after following Lincoln or Charlton (I’m not sure which) to the playoffs.

 

Adams and Hog carried on the quick accumulation of runs...

 

Until a well set Hog played an all too familiar shot to mid-on and he was soon back in the hutch.

Flower was the next man in, he and Adams picked up singles finding the gap until he too was on his way back after a mistimed cut to gully. With Duncan joining Adams hopes were high of a solid partnership but an uncharacteristic prod left Duncan twixed and the bowler gratefully grabbed this and Duncan too was sent packing!

Last season’s hero on many occasions, Guy Johnson, was the next man in with his new willow being wielded but this was not to be one of those heroic moments as he scooped the ball round the corner and was caught at fine leg by some sharp fielding work! Ady Wrench joined Adams and these two kept the bowling side out for quite a period of time scoring slowly but building the score up towards a target Drayton felt they could compete with.

However Adams long stay was brought to an end by a regulation catch and Drayton were looking down the barrel.

What happened next was quite unexpected though as Grassmoor turned to their young leg spinner and with the first 4 balls of his over removed the remaining Drayton batsman with no score added and Drayton finishing on a below par score of 72.

 

With tea out the way Drayton set about defending their total and nearly achieved this.

 

With regular opening bowler Theaker unavailable it was down to Hog and Johnson to see what they could do and they didn’t disappoint. First Hog bowled the Grassmoor opener through a wide open gate and Johnson having number 3 snaffled at point by “Aroon” setting the fielding standards for the innings!

Things could have been so much better had Smith been able to hold onto a catch off Hog but it just got away from him. This wasn’t to be a costly mistake as on came Flower for the wilting Hog and had him bowled comprehensively in his first over.

 

At 18-3 Grassmoor were rattled and Drayton smelled blood...

 

With pressure being applied Grassmoor had to take risks and they did just that scoring a few quick runs before once again Johnson proved his worth and had number 5 back on his way. He soon had his 3rd wicket with a peach of a delivery just removing the bails and leaving the batsman dumbfounded as to what had happened. This unfortunately was where the game got away from Drayton as the remaining opener and number 7 batsman dug in and even though scoring extremely slowly took the game away from Drayton.

 

There was one more glimmer of hope with Smith claiming the wicket of the Grassmoor number 7 but it was too little too late and Grassmoor ran out victors.

 

A tightly contested game by two of the title contenders for the season no doubt!

 

Many thanks to Executive Club sponsors RH Electrical, second to none for industrial control panel design, build and electrical installation. 

 

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