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.