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Steep vs. Graffham. May 1st 2011.

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Steep vs. Graffham May 1st 2011.

The ubiquitous nature of Sunday village cricket was undoubtedly encapsulated in this early season fixture between the East Hampshire village of Steep and the West Sussex parish of Graffham. A splendid mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous intertwined the backbone of the match. Some excellent out-fielding combined with dropped dolly catches, superb six hits, fledgling fielders and several stoppages for looking for the ball in the surrounding hedgerows. The highlight being the Steep number four batsmen (who shall remain nameless), who got as far as taking guard before realising he’d forgot the most vital piece of equipment for a batsmen - the bat.

Steep won the toss and put Graffham into bat on a very green and underprepared strip. Miserly opening bowling from Mercer and McCubbin meant that Graffham were only able to get to four without loss after eleven overs. The first wicket was finally taken by Smith which then opened the game up. The Graffham innings was made up with a medley of lusty blows whilst wickets fell in a steady succession. An octet of bowlers was used, with two wickets apiece for M.Dale, Gordon Dale and Knight, who’s newfound penchant for leg-spin will be something to watch out for. Graffham were finally all out for 161.

Steep’s response was in direct contrast to that of Graffham with the openers plundering several boundaries as Knight showed his all round skills with a finely crafted 68. The left arm spin of Stevenson then claimed three wickets in quick succession before M.Dale and Collins finished things off in style. Collins in particularly showed some class with a beautiful on drive for six over the longest part of the ground. Steep reached their target with a full 15 overs to spare.

The game was played in the right spirit, with good natured banter between both teams at a windswept and picturesque rural setting. The next match for the Steep Sunday team is away at West Meon on May 7th.

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