On Saturday East Grinstead 1st XI hosted newly promoted Mayfield who were high on confidence after claiming their first Premier League victory the week before.
Mayfield won the toss and elected to bat in the glorious sun on what looked like a fantastic wicket to bat on. However, it was East Grinstead who made the better start to the day as Lewis Hatchett (1-22) had opener Cooke (0) caught behind by Cammish in the 3rd over. East Grinstead went for a change of tactic this week with opening with a spin bowler and that paid dividends when Brad Hatchett (2-31) removed the other opener Raymond (19) LBW leaving Mayfield 35-2. Overseas player Silva (24) and Sharma (45) started to build a partnership and took the score to 65 before Grinstead got the prize wicket of Silva as he was caught at Mid-off from the bowling of Hatchett.
Sharma was then joined at the crease by Finch (19) and the two rebuilt the innings nicely to 115 before Sharma was run out superbly by Glaysher from the boundary whilst coming back for the second run. This spelled a small collapse from Mayfield as Granger (3-36) came into the attack bowling a very tight line, removing Finch and Allen (0) both caught behind by Cammish, as well as having Sheffield (21) caught in the covers. Graham (1-31) also had Harman (1) LBW and Mayfield had slumped from 123-5 to 152-8. Wood (30*) batted nicely at the end hitting some lusty blows but the innings was wrapped up by 15 year old Ryan Trotter picking up (2-11) with his ever improving leg spin.
Grinstead were set 183 to win and got off to the worse possible start finding themselves 14-2 after 4 overs. Haynes (2) LBW to opening bowler Sarro (2-37) whilst in form batsman Cammish (6) was caught fantastically behind off the bowling of Wood (2-44). A partnership was needed and thankfully for East Grinstead that is what they got. Adkin (79*) and Graham (31) put on a 68 run partnership before Graham was again caught excellently on the boundary by Sheffield off the bowling of Sharma (1-37). Glaysher (21) then joined his captain at the crease and the two again set about rebuilding the innings. The two rotated the strike confidently and added another 45 before Glaysher was LBW to Wood.
Heppell (7) and B.Hatchett (6) came and went quickly but in nervous times Cave (9*) showed his maturity and saw the game home with Adkin giving East Grinstead a well earned 30 Points.
East Grinstead move on to Three Bridges away next Saturday.