THERE was great excitement on Saturday for the wider community of HAMBLEDEN as their long-awaited new pavilion was officially opened
THERE was great excitement on Saturday for the wider community of HAMBLEDEN as their long-awaited new pavilion was officially opened and even the weather played ball.
Unfortunately for the home side, they came up against Greys’ bowlers who were unwilling to give much away and, although Rosier, Murton and Bradford reached double figures, there was very little loose on offer and, once they had departed, runs were even more at a premium.
All the GREYS GREEN bowlers performed well, with Ahmed the pick, taking five wickets and conceding only seven runs in his eight over allocation.
With Shafqat taking 3-11 and Skilleter 2-12, Hambleden had to fight hard to reach 102, their last wicket falling off the final ball of their 40 overs.
The Greys openers, Knight and Shafqat needed to be vigilant against Bradford and Hansen and, allied to keen fielding, every run had to be fought for.
Then, after sharing a half-century partnership and just as they were starting to flourish, Knight was run out and, suddenly, the Greys reply stuttered, with three wickets falling for just six runs.
Although Shafqat, now joined by Skilleter, remained watchful, Hambleden were unable to make further inroads and, eventually, Greys reached their target with eight overs to spare and everyone adjourned to the social club to raise a glass to the new pavilion.
The final GREYS score of 232-3 fails to tell the whole story when they hosted TWYFORD & RUSCOMBE on Sunday.
On another day, Twyford’s opening bowlers, Burgess and, especially, Hackett, may have reaped much greater reward.
However, they were up against two batsmen in prime form and, not for the first time, Knight and Shafqat putting on 181 before Shafqat succumbed to Burgess for 42.
Knight followed almost immediately for a superb 111 but, with Rooke leg before to the deserving Hackett, suddenly three wickets had come along at once.
However, Skilleter ensured that the Greys innings regained its momentum, scoring an undefeated 40 in the remaining overs.
The Greys total was always going to be difficult to challenge and it was made even more so when the opening salvo from Rooke (3-15) and Ahmed (4-10) reduced Twyford to 17-6, a situation from which it was impossible to recover, and the home side was eventually dismissed for 69.