Dennis plays out final over to ensure a share of the spoils
HOLYPORT’S league team provided strong opposition for GREYS GREEN’S first game of the season on Saturday
HOLYPORT’S league team provided strong opposition for GREYS GREEN’S first game of the season on Saturday and after being put in to bat, made the bowlers work hard for any success.
Mainly indebted to Francis (55) and Morgan (68), Greys didn’t help themselves with several catches going begging but the bowlers always managed to keep things from getting out of hand, Shafqat finishing with 4-46 while Holyport reached tea on 190-7.
Conditions deteriorated as Greys Green began their reply and both bowlers and batsmen were hampered by a steady, persistent drizzle throughout.
Shafqat provided the glue for Greys’ innings, reaching his half-century just before the close and he was helped by useful contributions from Pinhole (27), Skilleter (22) and Evans (20) but they were never able to make a realistic challenge on their target as the game ended in a draw, with Greys on 137-5.
On Sunday against BBC CAVERSHAM, despite the GREYS GREEN pitch being covered overnight, the wicket looked too green for a batsman’s comfort, although Upendra drove the first ball of the game for a boundary past long-on.
Upendra continued to play in that vein but no one else found the same fluency and he too was gradually restrained by the bowling of Rooke.
Wickets began to fall and runs began to dry up but poor catching enabled BBC to score more runs than they should have. Upendra was dismissed soon after reaching his 50 and it was thanks to Salmon (50), who made the most of several lives, that his side reached 149-9 at tea. Rooke bowled well throughout and with two wickets in the final over, ended with 6-40.
Although Greys got off to a good start through Evans (26) and Knight (37), the BBC bowlers, especially Randall (4-34) and Smith, made run-scoring difficult and the chase was never straightforward.
Although it looked as if Greys might reach their target, a flurry of wickets meant that Dennis needed to play out the final over to obtain a draw in a closely-fought game.