Whitchurch Shown the Gryffin-door by Under 13s
Griffins complete League and Cup double over Whitchurch
After a spicy affair last week in the cup where the Griffins prevailed it was time for a rematch, this time in the league. A glorious early Summer's evening greeted the players, the square and outfield looking in fine fettle. The Griffins took to the field, knowing after last week's match that they needed to try and contain Spencer, Whitchurch's star player and talisman. Brody Eastwood took the new ball, bowling an accurate good length that was the order of the day: the evident lack of pace in the wicket meaning anything short was in danger of going the distance. Joseph Armitage started from the other end, Spencer immediately taking the initiative, punishing him for two boundaries off two over-pitched deliveries. Brody followed up with another tight over, helping to build pressure on the batsman. Joseph had found his length by the second over, the batsman not heeding an early warning following a reprieve from a difficult stumping opportunity, a similar delivery being smartly taken by George Martin making his keeping debut for the Griffins, swiftly removing the bails for the first wicket. Brody continued to frustrate the big-hitting Spencer, resulting in him coming down the wicket against Joseph, the ball beating the bat, bowling the batsman. Next ball Joseph's third came courtesy of Dan Sledge, his catch at point never looking in doubt. Next into the attack were David Taylor and Dan Sledge, David exhibiting good accuracy, Dan, reinventing himself as a spinner this season, bowling an impressive line and length, going for a miserly 9 runs from his 4 overs. The Griffins were looking sharp in the field, very few extras were conceded, and Jenson coming close with a run-out opportunity. Indeed, it was Charlie Carter's fine bit of fielding at long stop, retrieving swiftly and shying at the stumps, that bought the fourth wicket. Harry, Charlie and Jenson all bowled well in the final overs to restrict Whitchurch to 80 from their 20 overs, a score that looked under-par on a good-looking wicket.
David Taylor and Harry Bryan were first to the crease for the Griffins, complementing each other well, David looking assured and confident in defence, allowing Harry to play a more attacking role. Harry was severe on anything short, pulling three half-trackers through backward square leg for boundaries, also playing two sumptuous cover drives, 20 of his 25 no. coming from boundaries. When David's wicket fell and Harry retired there was no let-up for Whitchurch, two of the Griffins most attacking players, Olly Sully and George Martin coming to the crease. George went about things in his typical whirlwind style, riding his luck at times but as always striking the ball cleanly and running like a whippet between the stumps. These two big-hitters quickly took the game out of Whitchurch's reach, Olly, not wishing to be outshined by an earlier six by George, muscled a huge six over mid-wicket to bring up the victory for the Griffins, finishing on 19no., George on 18no.
A fine performance all round from the Griffins.