GRAYSWOOD II pushed nearer to mid-table in I’Anson Division Three with a convincing win over Kingsley, albeit with the help of first-team captain Alastair Gloak who made 87 not out.
The wicket gave erratic bounce and Kingsley did well to recover from 27-3, with one man retired hurt, to total 143 all out in the 48th over. Opener Wayne Moulds made a typically gritty 31 and number 6 Adam Robinson ensured a decent total with a fine 52. Henry Hind made the most of the helpful conditions to take 5-27 in 13 overs.
Grayswood also struggled, particularly against the seam movement of Oli Cooper. At 14-2, Gloak got off the mark with a ‘chinese cut’ and was dropped twice before getting into his stride.
Sharing 50 partnerships with both opener Chris Locke and Fergus Middleton, Gloak showed how to handle a run-chase and Grayswood coasted home with five overs to spare.
The signs were not good as Grayshott III were inserted by second-placed Bramley. Luke McBain batted well for his 38, but the hosts were in trouble at 62-5 and then 67-7.
Sixteen overs were then lost to the storm, but the Broxhead square stood up well to the downpour and a spirited effort by Toby Joyce (27 not out) and the tail got the total up to a competitive 139 in 36 overs.
Bramley, in fact, never got near it. Barry Owen took two early wickets, but Grayshott’s trump card was first-team paceman Alex Marden who marked his comeback with 6-21 from seven overs. Charlie Morris chipped in with two wickets and Ben Burrage took three catches behind the stumps as Bramley crashed out for 71, with only opener Ali Holmes reaching 20.