Match report – SCC v Liss CC 23 May 2016

Singleton CC probably faced some of the stiffest opposition so far this season in the form of Liss CC and would pose a challenge to maintain the Club’s unbeaten record to date.

Singleton elected to field and it was soon clear that Liss were focussed on amassing an unbeatable score. Their No 2 batsman, D Wren provided an impressive batting display, impervious to Singleton’s bowling attack, reaching 100 before retiring not out – a decision that, with hindsight, would prove to have been premature. This was supported by an impressive knock by their No 4 batsman R Pleace Jnr (89*).

However, Liss did not have it all their own way, with Singleton’s bowler’s getting some small reward for their efforts, dismissing G Kemp (15), M Charles (1), S Blanks (24) and J Evans (0) for a total of 41 runs. Bowling figures for R Dawtrey (2-59), A Court (1-36), L Dawtrey (0-30), R Fisk (1-43) and L Carter (0-51) just showed how tough it was to make any headway against the opposition.

Liss completed their allotted 40 overs with a total of 247 for 4 wickets – certainly a difficult run chase for any team.

That run chase was begun in style by Singleton’s opening batsmen, with a determined and well crafted innings from A Court (71) that included nine 4’s and two 6’s, supported by J Abbott (26) in the face of fast and accurate bowling from J Hedicker (0-42) and M Evans (1-47). However it was the slower, lofted bowling of R Pleace Snr (3-47) that was most effective weapon against Singleton’s top order, claiming the wickets of J Abbott and L Dawtrey (1) in his first over and later, J Gray (19). This was complimented by stumpings by wicket keeper R Pleace Jnr at the expense of J Gray and P Elsbury (8).

Skipper G Stanford (65*) came in lower in the order than usual at No 6 with Singleton’s score on 147 – still requiring a run-rate of around 10 an over. His innings, including five 4’s and five 6’s, made an impressive dent in that run rate, ably supported by R Fisk (35) whose own innings included six 4’s. The target of 248 was beginning to look ever more realistic with this current partnership and it was a blow when R Fisk was caught. S Pegg (0) was then extremely unlucky to be run out following a mix-up in calling, precipitating an ambitious attempt at a single.

It turned out that No 9 L Carter (3*) went to bat with a broken thumb and with two over’s left the score was 20 runs behind Liss’s total. The 39th over went for 14 runs, bringing Singleton’s score to 242 and leaving 6 runs to win. 4 runs were added off the first five balls, leaving 2 to win off the last ball. Despite being in pain, L Carter’s fine shot to mid-on and a slight miss-field allowed committed running between the stumps to secure the two runs required to win.

A fine team effort both with the bat and in the field made this one of the most pleasing and entertaining wins so far.

Next week Singleton travel away to Burpham, another testing team in the fixture list.