Grovelands staff bowled on over to the Sussex Cricket Ground to watch the final game of the T20 mid-season cricket league between the Kent Spitfires and the Sussex Sharks. Despite the disappointing outcome of the game, it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Last Wednesday evening began with no less than 47 delicious pizzas from Brighton’s very own Pizza Face. Needless to say Grovelands’ staff rose to the challenge, devouring them at incredible speed. After the pepperoni and parma ham had perished, the mushrooms had been masticated and the gluten free options gauged upon, we were on our way. The event was a clash between the Spitfires and the Sharks. No, this wasn’t a low budget action film; this was the final game of the Twenty20 mid-season cricket league between the Kent Spitfires and the Sussex Sharks.
We arrived following a seemingly distant uphill one mile struggle. With our cold, refreshing beverages in hand we sat down to a fantastic start by Sussex, hitting multiple 6s and 4s. What appeared to be a fantastic start (Sussex accumulating 39 runs from 5 overs) was short lived however, when Matt Machan was dismissed for 31 runs. The pre-tournament favourites struggled from then onward, with only 3 players reaching double figures and ending with 113 all out after the last wicket was taken with the final bowl of the innings. Kent fared much better, in the end winning by a comfortable 8 wicket margin, surpassing Sussex’s meagre 113 runs with a final boundary hit for 6.
Despite the disappointing outcome of the game in hand, there were many laughs and positives to be taken from the night, one of the highlights being when Sussex’s mascot Sid the Shark got a bit too friendly with Jess Williams and tried to bite her head off! Grovelands staff were quick to take over the large display screen in the centre of the stand, tweeting their hilarious photos using the hashtag #sharklove. After the game was over, many Grovelanders took to the pitch (as is customary in cricket) to partake in various ad-hoc cricket matches between members of the crowd. Our very own Jen Harrington proved to be an impressive wicket keeper when put to the task.
On behalf of Grovelands, thanks must be given to Pizza Face for supplying such a large quantity of pizzas; and of course to Jen Harrington for organising such a great evening.
What was many of our staff’s first spectatorship of a cricket match proved to be thoroughly enjoyable.