Match report – Boxgrove CC v Singleton CC 19 June 2016

This weekend was the much anticipated clash between our friends and close rivals Boxgrove CC away at their ground.
Skipper G Stanford won the toss and, on a green track with a new ball, elected to field. S. Hall (3-21-8), making a welcome return and on his first competitive Sunday game, made an immediate impact claiming the important wicket of J Thorpe (1), caught at slip by M Davis. S Pratt was the second wicket to fall to S Hall in as many overs. Bowling partner A Court (2-12-8) proved equally effective, continuing to contain Boxgrove’s run rate.
Boxgrove’s batting struggled to make headway in the face of a consistently accurate bowling attack from first change pair of F Davis (0-6-4) and R Dawtrey (3-27-5) and second change pair of N Williams (0-21-5) and L Carter (2-21-5). Only G Gottlesman (44), N Wakeford (24) and J Simon (20) were able to make any impression for the hosts. The remainder of Boxgrove’s batting line up were dismissed relatively cheaply, with notable ducks for S Pratt, (bowled Hall, caught Carter at gully) A Mant (bowled Court) and M Casbourne (bowled Hall).
Weather conditions began to worsen toward the end of Boxgrove’s innings with thickening cloud and a fine drizzle setting in although not enough to disrupt Singleton’s focus in ending Boxgrove’s innings on 110 runs off 35 overs.
Singleton’s reply got underway in continuing drizzle, with new opening pairing of A Court (50*) and M Davis (52*) steadily progressing toward the required target, each regularly finding the boundary, with nine 4’s to A Court and seven to M Davis. However, honours for the most 6’s went to M Davis, with three to A Court’s one. Opening the bowling for Boxgrove, M Casbourne (0-17-4) and N Wakeford (0-20-5) remained economical but first change proved to be expensive, with A Court plundering 22 runs off S Simon’s (0-35-2) first over. Boxgrove’s remaining bowling attack of S Pratt (0-15-2) and J Bugden (0-20-2) failed to make any further impression and the focus of the match turned to which of the two opening batsmen would reach their half-century first. A Court was first across the line, nicking a single off J Bugden but the winning runs and his own half-century came off the bat of M Davis with a 4 toward backward square leg.
Singleton finished with a total of 114 off 14.3 overs, a convincing win by 8 wickets.
Singleton’s next game is once again at home against Madehurst.