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Result - Lord Carnarvon’s XI

Sun Jun 9th Grannies win by 125 runs!

Match report

Grannies 236 AO, EOC 111 AO.

B Maisey 94
S Kemp 45
T Brierley 26

W Dunn 4-28
G Hanks 2-4
R Champion 2-20

After two days of rain we were lucky to arrive at Highclere with the sun shining and a promising forecast. The wicket looked a little damp and when the Grannies were inserted it was key to get off to a good start. Billy Maisey and George Hanks duly gave us the good start needed putting on 53 for the first wicket. Billy started in particularly fast fashion cleanly dispatching any bad balls (and some good!) to the boundary. Support was provided by a number of batsmen as the score steadily grew and Billy was finally removed for a fantastic 94 (the total score only being 133!) just before lunch. With lunch taken at 133-4 the Grannies were in a position to build thereafter. However a quick flurry of wickets and further drama ensued as Tom Brierley despatched an enormous six off the Grannies own Gerard Walsh. The smashing of glass could be heard as the back windscreen of a discovery took the full brunt – the only saving grace being that the car owner happened to be the person who had delivered the long hop! With the drama over and the Grannies wavering on 165-6 looking like coming up short of the usual 250 par at Highclere there were moments of concern. However Sam Kemp addressed these with a patient 45 batting with the lower order. By the time all was said and done the Grannies ended up with 236 AO and the feeling of a good total posted.
Just as soon as the innings was finished the heavens opened and we took an early tea. After a delicious tea and a number of “Butler’s Brews” consumed during the hour's interval we took the field just before 5pm with the EOC looking to chase down the target off circa 40 overs. Oli Butler opened up, bowling with good pace and venom. Ably supported by the consistent Rob Champion the Grannies fielded well and finally made the break through – a superb off cutter from Champion. After this wickets fell at regular intervals, highlighted by particularly good catches from Maisey, Hanks and Kemp. Will Dunn came on 2nd change and proceeded to work through the middle order with consistent, accurate bowling finishing with figures of 4-28. As the wickets fell the only thing that looked like beating us was the weather but luckily we wrapped up the innings in 26 overs for a well deserved victory!
A special thanks to Gerard Walsh and Gerald Slocock for turning out for the opposition; without which we may not have had a game in the first place.

Match info

Highclere Castle,
RG20 9RN