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A Fitting Tribute to Henry “Owen” Budd

In tribute to Owen Budd new benches are to be installed at Singleton Cricket Club. Along with a club contribution, the family of Owen chose to donate from the generous villagers collection benches as a fitting and lasting memory.

Owen was a special life member to the club where he had been our cricket club scorer for more than 40 years. Seated in the score box, keeping his full concentration on the game. Owen showed true commitment to the club and a passionate love of the game. I personally enjoyed a post game conversation with Owen sharing his views about the day’s performance, over the occasional glass of sherry at the club bar.

Come down next season when the club resumes play for 2021, sit on the benches at the site of the old score box and enjoy the views or watch a game.

Francis Ward (President Singleton Cricket Club)

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.

Match report – Kirdford CC v Singleton CC 05 June 2016

For the second consecutive match, Singleton travelled away to be hosted by Kirdford CC on glorious afternoon.

Unusually so far this season, Singleton batted first, eager to make up for last week’s close defeat by Burpham CC. Due to the delayed arrival of three of the team, skipper G Stanford had to make a tactical adjustment to the starting line-up for the top order.

Kirdford’s pitch proved to be quite lively, with several deliveries coming through at head height. The opposition’s opening pair of A Kelville (2-45) and J Gillett (2-40) used the unpredictability to their advantage, taking the first four wickets for a mere 54 runs. S Pegg (0) was unlucky to strike the ball firmly back to the waiting hands of bowler A Kelville, with G Stanford (4) caught at extra cover by G Hardie and J Gray (0), unable to drop his hands away from a rising delivery to be caught at slip by B Jeffery. Only J Abbott (26) provided any sort of early resistance.

A 94 run partnership between P Elsbury (34) and A Court (93) began to turn the tide, with Kirdford’s first change bowling attack of B Simpson (1-40) and G Hardie (1-58) making little further headway in slowing Singletons accumulating run total. The team was looking forward to celebrating A Court’s first century for the Club, only to see it frustrated by a fine catch over the shoulder by G Hardie running into extra cover off the bowling of R Rowntree (3-36). Further runs were added from a fine knock by R Fisk (48*), maintaining steady progress into the 200’s. J Stanford, making his Sunday batting debut faced a hostile delivery from B Simpson and was unable to protect his wicket. A brief appearance at the crease by D Price (1) was followed by No.9 R Dawtrey (10) who had celebrated his 18th birthday the previous day, brought Singleton’s batting total to 216, supplemented by 55 extras, giving a daunting 271 for Kirdford to chase.

Singleton’s bowling attack of R Dawtrey (2-8) and N Williams (3-19) proved effective against Kirdford’s opening pair of G Fletcher (0) – out to a vicious fast ball that jagged back into the off stump – and B Jeffery (11). In order to make progress, Kirdford’s batsmen needed to hit out, with D Hayward (40) and G Hardie (33) providing much needed impetus to their run chase with some good stroke play to find the boundary. The slower bowling combination of J Abbot (0-26), D Price (1-24), J Gray (1-25) and R Fisk (2-13) claimed Kirdford’s middle order, with B Jeffery unlucky to catch the bales after attempting a shot to square leg, D Hayward eventually caught at mid wicket by S Pegg’s great effort diving to his left and G Hardie bowled by J Gray. Four over’s each from J Stanford (0-25) and S Pegg (1-15) kept up the pressure on the opposition, with the return of R Dawtrey and N Williams ably supported by good catching from keeper G Stanford and J Abbott mopping up the tail end inside Kirdford’s allotted 35 over’s to give them a respectable total of 155.

It is a return to sheepwash meadow next week where Singleton will host Slindon at home.

Match report – Burpham CC v Singleton CC 29 May 2016

Burpham 2016

Singleton CC’s first away match of the season was hosted by Burpham CC on warm, sunny Bank Holiday Sunday. Burpham’s ground nestles high on the left bank of the River Arun, giving commanding views across the water meadows towards Arundel Castle, a lovely setting for an afternoon of competitive but friendly cricket.

Singleton’s line up was bolstered for the first time this season by the welcome inclusion of the Davies family, Martin, Jack and Freya, with support from the boundary from Mandy. Skipper Glen Stanford won the toss and elected to field, repeating what has so far been a successful formula.

Singleton’s bowling attack certainly proved making runs a challenge for the opposition’s opening batsmen for the first few overs, with R Dawtrey (3-33) and newcomer R Inger (0-35) claiming maiden’s off the first three overs. For the first 10 overs, Burpham’s scoring looked to be held in check, with opener I Mintram (68) and R Diplock (21) only adding runs at 2.7 per over. A Court (1-28) was able to remove R Diplock in the 17th over when the partnership reached 48 but the second wicket of A Budd (19) did not fall for another 42 runs to J Davies (1- 27).

Burpham’s middle order then took command, with M Barry (37) and P Horne (48) moving their score along briskly, with P Horne finding the boundary regularly off L Dawtrey’s second spell (0-62). D Price (0-25) and J Baker (0-16) off a four and two over spell respectively only marginally slowed the accumulation of runs. Singleton’s fielding was frustrated by a quick outfield and whilst catching opportunities presented themselves, only two were taken (J Abbott for P Horne at deep cover and G Stanford for C Harris behind the stumps – both off the bowling of R Dawtrey). This was compensated by sharp fielding by A Court at silly mid off, hitting the stumps to dismiss M Barry after attempting an ambitious single. A further 26 runs was added by Burpham’s no’s 6, 7 and 8 – J Oakden (12*), C Harris (8), D Tetbury (6*) – to bring their total to 226-6 off their allotted 40 overs.

After last week’s result against Liss CC, Singleton was confident that this was an achievable run-chase off this pitch. Opener J Abbott (23) began well, regularly finding the boundary, with in-form A Court (82) again showing the batting consistency of previous matches. Burpham’s opening bowlers D Tedbury (0-37) and C Harris (0-32) had little success and it was the first change pair of J Oakden (2-39) and P Horne, with impressive figures of 4-30 that had maximum impact on Singleton’s middle order, with L Dawtrey (0), G Stanford (14) M Davies (2) and J Davies (4) all being dismissed cheaply.

Ex –skipper M Rooke (14) made welcome 2016 season debut and, along with R Dawtrey (20), began a rearguard action and the run chase was kept alive. F Davies (13*) continued the effort after M Rooke was dismissed by P Challen (2-10), with an innings that included a fine 6 pulled over square leg. An expensive two overs from D Easton (0-25) also helped the score along. Brief support from D Price (4), who was unfortunate to play on and J Baker (0) bowled by J Miller (2-18) finally brought an end to Singleton’s innings, with a total of 202, only 25 runs short of the win.

Singleton is once again away from home next week, hosted by Kirdford CC.

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.

Match report Singleton CC v Goodwood CC 15 May 2016

A much anticipated clash between SCC and our friends and rivals from over the hill Goodwood CC took place at SCC’s ground on a fine afternoon.

SCC was put into the field and the team’s intention to give a good account of themselves was clear from the first ball. Accurate bowling and tight fielding saw a terrific start, with only five runs off N William’s first over, who finished with excellent figures of 4-12 and a maiden from newcomer M Smith (0-20).

An early breakthrough came on the first ball of the third over with N Williams forcing Goodwood’s No. 2 P Lamb (0) to drive the ball into the safe hands of A Court at cover. H Whitby (5) looked solid but was unlucky to play on fourteen balls later. Some very economical bowling by L Dawtrey (2-30) and A Court (2-18) maintained the pressure on Goodwood’s top order, with only a little stubborn resistance from the oppositions No’s 3, 4 and 5 batsmen, J Hayward (20), W. Gammon (42) and J Clifton (21) allowing their score to progress.

SCC’s fielding remained tight, with some excellent catches from A Court at extra cover and off his own bowling and M Smith running into the mid-off position to dismiss J Heaven (6). Goodwood’s tail failed to make any real headway, with the last four wickets being dismissed for only 24 runs. Of particular note was the dismissal of Goodwoods final wicket, J Mayne (5) through good team work between P Symonds at first slip and keeper, skipper G Stanford to secure a fine run out.

The skipper’s tactical skills showed in clever use of SCC’s bowling attack and general encouragement for the field, resulting in Goodwood’s final total of 127 making an all too tempting target for SCC’s top order batsmen.

Goodwood’s opening bowling by J Heaven (0-25) and P Lamb (0-9) showed that its total of 127 was going to be stoutly defended with both claiming maiden overs to begin with. A Court (77*) began cautiously but soon started to find the boundary regularly, with some fine stroke play complimented by some astute running between the stumps.

J Abbott (8) and G Stanford (10) both made a spirited start with 4’s and 6’s. However, both were caught by K Chilongo at point off the slower bowling of P Terry (2-37). A Court was then partnered by J Grey (29*) making his Sunday debut for SCC at No.4, supporting him with some intelligent play.

Goodwood made a number of early bowling changes in an effort to disrupt SCC’s innings but with little effect. It was fitting that A Court guided the ball to the boundary through third man to secure the winning runs, with a final total of 131 off 23 overs and a win by 8 wickets’.

It was great to see Goodwood players staying behind after the game to socialise with SCC members and enjoy the club’s hospitality.

Next week Singleton CC hosts Liss CC.

Match report – SCC v Selsey CC 1st May 2016

SCC’s first game of the season under new captain Glen Stanford was at home to Selsey CC on a fine Bank Holiday Sunday and on an immaculately prepared pitch.
SCC lost the toss and Selsey elected to bat – an early test for SCC’s fielding skills after the winter layoff!!
Opening bowlers R Dawtrey (1-30) and N Williams (3-25) were accurate and maintained steady pressure on Selsey’s top order, with N Williams making an early break though by dismissing their No.2 batsman for 9. However, a splendid knock of 70 from their No.1 (J.Spiers) together with the steadying influence of the No.3 (A Horner – 34) kept Selsey in the game. It took a stunning forward diving catch by A Court at cover off the bowling of R Fisk to dismiss J Spiers and bring that partnership to an end. A brief period of resistance by Selsey’s no.7 batsman, N Nolan (25) was halted by the bowling of A Court (1-50), a meagre reward for his tireless stint from the top end.
Selsey continued to battle on to make a creditable total of 179 – 7 off their allotted 40 over’s.
On the whole, SCC’s fielding performance was commendably tight but inevitably some early season rust showed through with a few chances dropped but compensated by some fine catches around the ground (Court, Price, Abbott, Stanford (w/k) and Fisk).
SCC’s opener’s A Court (13) and J Abbott (18) made an early impression, scoring steadily against a hostile bowling attack. Ashley was unfortunate to face one that kept low and L Dawtrey (1) was also unlucky to return to the pavilion early. Faced with a potential collapse it required the skipper, G Stanford to regroup SCC’s batting attack with a fine 66 that included 4 majestic 6’s, ably backed up by R Fisk (56) who, to be fair, only got into his stride once he had ditched the Technicolor helmet!
SCC’s score was edging ever closer to Selsey’s total of 179 but with the early loss of L Maloney (1) it was down to P Symons (6*) and S Pegg (7*) to steady the nerves and see us home, with a stylish cover drive for 4 runs, taking SCC’s final total to 183-6 off 33 overs.
A fine all-round performance by SCC complimented by sporting opposition in Selsey CC. Next week we look forward to taking on Graffham away.