Skip over navigation

Result - Goodwood CC

Sun May 27th Grannies 151, Goodwood CC 152-2

Match report

On a warm and sunny May Sunday, the Grannies travelled to Goodwood with high hopes of building on a series of strong performances in the fixture, including a 10-wicket victory the previous year.

We batted first, and it swiftly became clear that the Goodwood attack was less dependent on a combination of the elderly and the prepubescent than it had been in 2017. After a couple of early wickets, Jeff Hardman and James Scott came together to rebuild. They combined robust defence with the odd moment of controlled attack and ran between the wickets with—perhaps surprising—pace and assurance.

Just as it looked as though they might play us into an impregnable position, they got out, Jeff for 42 and Scottie for 35. From this point, the innings took on a shape that will be familiar to the experienced Grannies watcher. Single-figure score followed single-figure score as the hope of a promising total dwindled and we started to rely on extras to get us to respectability.

In fact, when the innings closed on 151, it seemed that we might still be in the game. Then we took to the field.

Tom Gibbs and Peter Schutzer-Weissmann opened the bowling and performed manfully in what had at some point during the tea break become perfect batting conditions. They were supported by Jon Staniforth and Mike Fernie, but between them they could do little to stem the flow of runs as the Goodwood batsmen made short work of the target. By the time Scottie came on to bowl the jig really was up.

Tom (eventually) picked up the key wicket of Goodwood opener Bennison for 88 and actually returned the solid figures of one for 15 from his six overs, with one maiden. It’s probably best to gloss over the other bowling figures.

So, Goodwood won by eight wickets at a bit of a canter. Still, a short game is a good game—and the teas were excellent. Special mention to a couple of Grannies debutants: Alan Parkinson, who made 24 in a fine return to playing two years after retiring to focus on his umpiring, and Murray Clelland, who marked his first game in any form of cricket with a well-made two. Thanks to everyone who turned out to play or support—and see you next year!

Match info

A good ground that offers both a competitive game and a cracking tea. And it's an afternoon game, so nice and quick!

Also playing: Alan Parkinson, Murray Clelland.

Goodwood Park,
PO18 0PX