It was the Greys annual trip into the deepest darkest regions of Sussex for our most countrified game of the season. With the Greys having been denied by the weather the week before (maybe) the world’s greatest cricket team were hungry for victory, and Thai curry.
Having lost the toss The Greys were invited to bat first and early progress was steady in the face of some decent bowling on what was a very slow pitch with uneven bounce. Bodle Street had opened with a spinner, and by the sixth over Jerry had had enough and decided to come down the track to whack it but only managed to skew one to mid-wicket for 7. Terry joined the Skip in the middle but was undone by the uneven bounce, skying one that popped to be caught for no score. The Greys were 36 for 2 and Dom joined Biff in the middle, where progress continued without too many alarms until a change of bowling lead to the skipper’s dismissal, bowled for 26. Zach then joined Dom for what was the major partnership of the innings. Together they put on 80 for the fourth wicket, both playing some lovely shots punishing anything short, but also hitting the ball straight, with Zach playing a glorious on drive and Dom doing his best KP impression with a one footed flat bat smash straight past the bowler. Eventually Dom fell in the final over, again being undone by the tricky bounce to be caught for a jug avoiding 48. The Greys ended up scoring 143 for 4 from their 30 overs with Zach 47 not out and Alex 1 not out.
The Greys fielding innings got off to a great start. The bowling was opened by Gallagher and Greys new boy Jarrod Evans, and although Jazz was a bit rusty after a couple of years of not playing there was plenty there to work with. At the other end Gallagher managed to sneak out a couple in the first over and from there got on a bit of a roll. Gallagher managed to take a wicket in each his next three overs so that by the seventh Bodle Street were 5 down and Gallagher had collected his first Michelle (and PSM) for the day, ably assisted by a couple of great catches from Alex behind the stumps (especially the second) and one from Jerry for the five-for sealing wicket. Gallagher was then replaced by Azami who instantly made an impact with a great delivery to bowl the batsman first up. Ibu took 2 more in his next over including a fantastic caught and bowled and a great slip catch form Dom to end up with 3 for 7 from two overs. Pete Alderman was also making his Greys debut and like Jarrod overcame some rust to bowl well. He replaced Evens and took a wicket early to settle any nerves before going to take the final wicket ending with 2 for 16 from his four.
In the end Bodle Street were no match for the Greys and were dismissed for 65 in the 16th over. The Greys were then able to enjoy the lovely setting and sit around and drink some cider, which as we all know is the whole point of Bodle Street.