MATTHEW Skilleter fell three runs short of his century as GREYS GREEN were held to a
MATTHEW Skilleter fell three runs short of his century as GREYS GREEN were held to a draw at home by TWYFORD AND RUSCOMBE on Sunday.
Asked to bat first on a sweltering afternoon the hosts made run-scoring seem too much of a chore, with only 20 runs from the first 15 overs. This was due to the fine spells from Hackett and Berry who were unlucky not to make early inroads and it was left to the change bowlers, Singh and Teal, to account for Dennis and Lubbock to leave Greys at 70-2.
Skilleter was quickly into his stride, punishing anything short, or over-pitched, with a succession of boundaries. When opener Shafqat was finally dismissed for 40, the score had reached 160 but the plunder continued. Skilleter missed out on on his century as he was bowled for 97 from the last delivery before tea.
A challenging total of 196 was not out of reach and Greys, in their turn, found it difficult to take wickets but change bowler Shafqat made the breakthroughs and when the slower bowlers chipped in with a wicket apiece, the hosts thought they might clinch the win.
However, Berry and Low Low batted through without further alarm as the game ended in a draw, with Twyford on 161-5.