Sunday, 13 June 2021

Skilleter helps side to victory

MATTHEW SKILLETER (56 not out) hit an undefeated half century to help GREYS GREEN triumph at WHITCHURCH on Saturday.

MATTHEW SKILLETER (56 not out) hit an undefeated half century to help GREYS GREEN triumph at WHITCHURCH on Saturday.

Inserted by the visitors on a slow wicket, hosts Whitchurch found scoring difficult on Saturday, especially against the tight bowling of opening pair, Shafqat and Jenkins.

Staker and Mutepha advanced the score but, from 36-1, wickets began to fall at regular intervals, with Ahmed, Perry and Shafqat sharing the bulk of the wickets.

At 81-6, Xavier arrived at the crease and promptly set about the bowling with some powerful stroke-play. Although he continued to lose partners, he manufactured the strike to such effect that, from 114-9, Whitchurch reached 160 before he fell to the penultimate ball before tea for 51.

In reply Greys Green relied upon Shafqat to carry his bat for the third time already this season and Smith made 23. The visitors were finding it equally difficult to score and, with only 10 overs remaining, were still 90 short of their target.

Skilleter reached his half-century just before the winning run was scored with just one over remaining.

On Sunday, with the wicket on the slow side, EWELME struggled for runs in the face of a good opening spell from GREYS GREEN’S Ahmed and Shafqat.

Wood was caught one-handed at slip by Skilleter (6-28) who then effected an unusual run-out by spilling a return catch on to the wicket with Smith, backing up, out of his ground.

At 59-6 Ewelme seemed to be in trouble but Mathewson and Rees took the score past 100 before both succumbed to the spin of Skilleter who finished with 6-28, aided by some good catching by wicket-keeper, Howse, and Edwards, at point.

Ewelme’s last wicket fell at 128 from the final ball before tea.

Butler (65) and Shafqat made a good start but progress was sedate in the face of good bowling by Sanderson who bowled seven overs for just six runs.

When Shafqat was out for 27, with the score on 70, Butler accelerated the scoring as Greys Green reached 129-4 from 39 overs to win the game.

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