Schumann’s top knock

Mark Schumann s brilliant batting could not see Ickleford force a win against County Hall. Ickleford were unfortunate not to add another win to their collection after totally dominating their Division Four clash. After winning the toss and electing to bat

Mark Schumann's brilliant batting could not see Ickleford force a win against County Hall.

Ickleford were unfortunate not to add another win to their collection after totally dominating their Division Four clash.

After winning the toss and electing to bat on a dry wicket and lightning fast outfield, Ickleford suffered an early setback with the loss of opener Steve Schumann with the score on just three.

His replacement, brother Mark, set about repairing the damage with captain Duncan Jenner, the pair bringing up a hundred partnership in just 17 overs.

The loss of Jenner for 66 put Schumann (pictured left) into the driving seat, who once again showed his class as he accelerated the scoring, expertly assisted by Tom Reilly (58).

County Hall had no answer to Schumann, who played a host of beautiful shots all around the ground, racing to his third league ton of the season in only 107 balls.

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He brought up his 150 only 37 balls later to end unbeaten on 151 as Ickleford declared on 292-5 from 50 overs.

Choosing to open with the old ball, the visitors' spin attack of Steve Maylin and Peter Robinson never came under pressure - the home side seemingly not interested in chasing the score.

Despite County Hall's lack of ambition, Maylin (20-6-75-4) and Robinson (20-2-60-3) bowled brilliantly to extract several of the top order.

County Hall were 90-7 before a resolute rearguard action for the eighth wicket ended Ickleford's chances of securing the win, the hosts finishing 112 runs behind from 50 overs.

The seconds had an excellent league win over Parkfield and Headstone 2nds.

Chasing an imposing 230-6, a brilliant 105 from Dan Watson saw Ickleford home.

He scored his runs quickly and was well supported by Mark Howard with 47. After Watson was dismissed Ickleford had a wobble but got home with two wickets to spare.

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