The Gryphons cricket team travelled to Kent to play the Cranbrook School Lynxes in their cricket week. The weather was kind, the Barbeque superb and, despite a wait whilst the pitch dried out, a start with 35 overs per side was possible at 1.30pm.
Gryphons won the toss and elected to bat on a pudding of a wicket that was very slow. Progress was unspectacular with runs hard to come by and was not helped by some of the star players failing to get a start! This team of Old Seafordians, current students, staff and friends of the College stuttered to a total of 118 in 33 overs all out and looked not to have scored enough.
The pitch was always going to be as difficult for the Lynxes to bat on as it had been for us and some miserly bowling early on put them well behind the required rate. Nevertheless, at 75 for 2 after 20 overs, they were well within reach of victory. However, in the nick of time, a return spell from DJ (the Grypon’s opening bowler and secret weapon) quickly disposed of the Lynx’s middle order and we were back in the hunt.
With the sun shining down, we ran through the last of their resistance to win comfortably by 20 runs. A great day out, a low scoring but exciting game and a superb win! Same time next year?
Thanks to the team:- TJM, DJ, Richard, Iain, Mike Duddy (SooS), SP, JDS, Torquil Deacon, Beck Hemmingway, Laurie Bowden and Matthew Langmead