This game had lots on paper to suggest a tense match was in the offing – the return of the Old Squire of the Parish, in the form of ex-skipper (and longstanding ex-GP) Gripper, the possibility of having ones masculinity tainted in being bowled by a female, and the prospect of beating the league leaders.
As it turned out it, only the former of these lived up to their billing, in that Ashley took no wickets (and hence all masculine pride was intact) and the result was a rather comfortable victory for Chacewater. The return of Gripper to his previous patch however was by no means tame. The second over saw consecutive fours despatched, and it looked like the net session at Sophia Gardens was really going to pay dividends in the form of a strike rate in the hundreds. Although the initial pace didn’t quite keep up however, a decent knock of 30 ensued (somewhat to the bemusement of the groundsman it must be said!) The ever dependable Lockyer also waded in with 46 but our total of 106 unfortunately never looked like being enough.
Methigion’s bowling attack looked like it was keeping pace throughout most of Chacewaters innings but in truth it was a target they were always likely to get and was probably 20 runs short from Methigion. Haines bowled his usual tight, and aggressive line to return figures of 1-17 but it was that man Gripper that once again couldn’t stay away from the limelight and backed up his batting with bowling figures of 2-10 from 3 overs.
Overall a well fought contest, but the league leaders unfortunately showed us why they are the top of the table.