|GCC fail in massive run chase |
Well a disappionting end to the season. After 2 excellent back to back win the First XI look more like a charity or benefit outfit for Chids top 3 batters, even taking into account the aggression and expansive shots played by their openers. On a very flat track anything off line or toss up just sailed to or over the small boundaries. The skipper ringing changing early in the attack as they plundered away. Only Tom Bayley (never used all season!)and Tony Byers coming away with reasonable figures. Anyhow, Chidd finally finished on 327 for 6 helped by mis fields and the odd dropped catch.... and were probably were dissappointed with the final score after the 20 overs mark and at one stage were 256 for 2.
GCC started their innings with intent with Pipes and Brindhar and the first ball, duly in keeping with the match and flat track (although this one never bounced) went sailing into the field for 6! First, Pipes then Bridhar took control, even chasing such a score Chid were concerned and at 91 for 0 after 8 overs it was game on.
However, as the changing in Chids bowling duly came so did GCC poor shot selection which took them back straight back into rebuild mode. Piper played allround a full ball his work was not done at 29 and Brindhar (58) again failed to look at the new bowler longer enough! Byers and Bails played cautiously until Byers luckly dropped early on found his straps and started to pepper the small boundaries. The score raced on to 175 for 2 with plenty of overs left. Bails was out try to hit over the top on mid off - never really comfortable with a hitting role each passing over dictated. Lord Byers (63) continued hitting sweet sixes but fell with one slight miscue to the leg side and was caught on the wide mid on boundary. Nothing to lose, GCC kept going with J Woolgar 31 and Merlin 22 - there was still time. But each key batter got out when set and that's how it faded away, with GCC ending on 284 for 9.
Commiserations to Chidd who still were relagated, as Sissinghurts won at Weald.