It was the penultimate game of the year for The Mighty Greys, and the long season had obviously taken its toll on the team. With only seven regular Greysmen available desperate calls were put out, and thankfully answered. Alex managing to secure a couple of youngsters and a dad from St James and Ben persuaded an old friend to come down from Croydon.
The greys batted first but started poorly, losing Alex in the first over. Terry joined Biff in the middle, and together they batted steadily, putting together a partnership of 28 before biff was dismissed for 19 off the bowling of Pease. This brought the first of the new Greysmen, Ajay to the crease, who looked steady until he was dismissed trying to pull a ball that wasn’t quite short enough. Dom replaced him, and despite having not batted in 18 years or something played fantastically. Terry and Dom put on the best partnership of the innings with both playing some great shots. Terry played his classic pull shots, and Dom smashed the ball through the covers off front and back foot. Dom was finally bowled for 36, and Terry soon followed for56 having accomplished his aim of scoring 2 fifties and 250 runs in the season.
The Greys then scrambled to 155 from their 40 overs, and at Tea thought they probably had a reasonable score. Tea was, as always at Arundel, excellent, with the cake collection looking especially good.
In the field the Greys got off to a good start with the openers keeping it tight. Gallagher managed to bowl a full in-swinging jaffa to bowl one of the batsman, and win PSM at the same time. At the other end Alex Scott seconded from St James also went well, taking a wicket and keeping the runs down to end up with 1 for 23 off 8. Ibrahim came on and bowled with great flight in his 6 overs and our other St James youngster Will Hewett replicated his clubmates performance, bowling well and talking 1 for 24. The greys seemed to have control, especially when Ben came on and picked up from last week, taking 2 wickets in his first 2 overs, but Arundel batted deep and their number 6 was soon playing well and taking the game away from the Greys. In the end the Greys were unable to reign in the scoring, Arundel who had been 75 for 5 went on to win the game in the 38th over without losing another wicket.
It was a good game in the end, and despite the result the greys had played well against some pretty strong opposition.