ICC WCL Division 5 Singapore 2012

Singapore v Guernsey

played at Indian Association Ground, Singapore

on Sunday 19th February 2012

50 over per side

Toss won by Singapore who elected to bat

Umpires: Rockie D’Mello and Durga Subedi
Referee: Graeme Labrooy

Singapore won by 78 runs

Man-of-the-match YOB Mendis (Singapore)

Singapore innings    RunsBallsMins4s6sSR Guernsey bowlingOvMdnRunsWktsWNbSRER
†C R SuryawanshicFrithbRich44613072.1Nussbaumer9042371184.7
C R KumaragecHooperbNussbaumer02000.0Bisson101423--204.2
Y O B MendiscSmitbNussbaumer771226263.1Hooper100382--303.8
A E ParaamstKimberbHooper43643067.2Ravenscroft40220--5.5
*S K JanjuacLe PrevostbBisson15201075.0Frith100410--4.1
K Baliram ShindebNussbaumer891088.9Rich70271--423.9
Amjad MahboobcFrithbHooper350060.0
Riaz AltaffcKimberbBisson360050.0
D MulewastKimberbBisson6600100.0
Shoaib Razaknotout3300100.0
A R Singhrunout(Kimber)140025.0
Extras (b2, lb9, w8, nb1)20
Total (in 50 overs)223
Fall of wickets
1-4(Kumarage),2-92(Suryawanshi),3-164(Mendis),4-191(Paraam),5-195(Janjua),6-199(Mahboob),7-207(Baliram Shinde),8-211(Altaff),9-216(Mulewa),10-223(Singh)

Guernsey innings    RunsBallsMins4s6sSR Singapore bowlingOvMdnRunsWktsWNbSRER
G H SmitcSuryawanshibRazak18590030.5Riaz Altaff3170--2.3
R KnellercShoaib RazakbMahboob460066.7Amjad Mahboob922514-542.8
J D J FrithcMulewabJanjua76947080.9Shoaib Razak101313-1203.1
T J RavenscroftcKumaragebSingh2100020.0Janjua8.402331-172.7
*S E Le PrevostcBaliram ShindebSingh6160037.5Singh602622-184.3
L B FerbrachecParaambRazak17370045.9Mulewa60170--2.8
D HoopercSinghbRazak02000.0Kumarage101202-12.0
†T C R Kimberrunout(Suryawanshi)390033.3
J A J Nussbaumernotout4170023.5
S R M BissonbJanjua112008.3
G J RichlbwbJanjua01000.0
Extras (b0, lb4, w9, nb1)14
Total (in 43.4 overs)145
Fall of wickets
1-6(Kneller),2-43(Smit),3-55(Ravenscroft),4-67(Le Prevost),5-118(Ferbrache),6-126(Hooper),7-135(Kimber),8-141(Frith),9-145(Bisson),10-145(Rich)


Sadly, the winning run could not extend it to Sunday, with the cricketers losing their second game of the WCL5 tournament to Singapore by 78 runs, despite a fine 76 from star man Jeremy Frith. ‘I was disappointed because I think we got ourselves into a position where we could have won the game,’ said coach Andy Cornford.

‘Long unbeaten run ended by the league favourites’    by Gareth Le Prevost

EVEN ‘Mr Cricket’ could not save Guernsey from their first defeat in 17, one-day international matches. Jeremy Frith did his best with a marvellous 76 as the Greens were set 224 for victory by hosts Singapore in the second round of matches, but unusually none of his teammates hung around to support him as Guernsey succumbed to a 78-run defeat at the Singapore Indian Association ground, The home side showed why they are regarded as favourites for this Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Five tournament with a well-drilled and efficient display, but the Sarnians felt as if they had let a chance slip to beat this opposition for the first time.

Earlier, Guernsey had put in a tidy bowling display to restrict their hosts to 223, when at one stage it looked as if they would be chasing something nearer 260. Once again they got off to a fine start with a wicket in the first over as Chaminda Kumarage gloved an attempted pull to David Hooper, who took a neat catch diving forward at square leg off the bowling of Jamie Nussbaumer.

However, the Greens had to wait another 22 overs for their next breakthrough as Chethan Suryawanshi and left-hander Buddhika Mendis batted sensibly to put on 88 for the second wicket with minimal fuss, rotating the strike well and putting away the occasional bad ball ruthlessly. One short ball from Tim Ravenscroft, in particular, was launched high over deep square leg by Mendis for a massive six to the longest part of the boundary, which was very short down the ground but long square of the wicket. Suryawanshi did give a chance off Hooper, but his firmly hit on-drive was dropped by Gary Rich, However, the veteran off-spinner soon made amends as he removed the opener in his first over, Suryawanshi chipping a catch straight to Frith at mid-wicket. Anish Param replaced him at the crease and continued the good work with Mendis, who soon reached a fine half-century despite struggling with a thigh problem for much of his innings. The man-of-the-match went on to reach 77, but his dismissal was the start of Guernsey’s fightback. GH Smit took a well-judged catch off a top-edge at short fine leg to remove the left-hander, who was looking to attack during the batting powerplay, and that sparked a spell in which the Sarnians claimed eight wickets for 59 runs in the final 11 overs. Hooper got the two wickets his bowling undoubtedly deserved, likewise for Stuart Bisson who ended with three, including one outstanding stumping from Tom Kimber on a leg-side wide. Nussbaumer, too, finished off well at the death with three wickets to his name before Hooper ran out Abhiraj Singh from deep square leg on the last ball of the innings, The reply did not get off to the best of starts, though, as Ross Kneller was caught on the fine leg boundary off a top-edged hook shot in only the fourth over.

Frith joined Smit at the crease and they steadied the ship with a second-wicket stand worth 37, although the other opener was struggling for fluency throughout against disciplined bowling and well-set fields. Eventually, Singapore’s persistence paid off and Smit feathered an edge through to keeper Suryawanshi and Guernsey were 43 for two, with the trouble really about to begin.

Ravenscroft was soon back in the hutch, slightly unfortunate to fall to a brilliant juggling catch at extra cover as he looked to go over the top against young left-arm spinner Abhiraj Singh, who then also dismissed Stuart Le Prevost, caught at point, for a single figure score. Ben Ferbrache did offer Frith some support for a while, but the amount of dot balls piling up was beginning to tell as the run-rate increased and Guernsey fell well behind. That was despite Frith’s best efforts and he reached another fine 50 at close to a run-a-ball, hitting some terrific boundaries including one ‘ramp’ shot straight over his own head a la Dilshan. However, when Ferbrache went to an excellent diving catch at point to be quickly followed by Hooper and Kimber, the end was nigh. All hopes went with Frith when he was eighth man out, attempting an audacious reverse sweep and gloving a simple catch to short third man, for 76 made from 94 balls which included seven boundaries. Singapore captain Saad Khan then added the wickets of Stuart Bisson and Gary Rich in successive balls to wrap up the match to the delight of the home fans.