For the second consecutive match, Singleton travelled away to be hosted by Kirdford CC on glorious afternoon.
Unusually so far this season, Singleton batted first, eager to make up for last week’s close defeat by Burpham CC. Due to the delayed arrival of three of the team, skipper G Stanford had to make a tactical adjustment to the starting line-up for the top order.
Kirdford’s pitch proved to be quite lively, with several deliveries coming through at head height. The opposition’s opening pair of A Kelville (2-45) and J Gillett (2-40) used the unpredictability to their advantage, taking the first four wickets for a mere 54 runs. S Pegg (0) was unlucky to strike the ball firmly back to the waiting hands of bowler A Kelville, with G Stanford (4) caught at extra cover by G Hardie and J Gray (0), unable to drop his hands away from a rising delivery to be caught at slip by B Jeffery. Only J Abbott (26) provided any sort of early resistance.
A 94 run partnership between P Elsbury (34) and A Court (93) began to turn the tide, with Kirdford’s first change bowling attack of B Simpson (1-40) and G Hardie (1-58) making little further headway in slowing Singletons accumulating run total. The team was looking forward to celebrating A Court’s first century for the Club, only to see it frustrated by a fine catch over the shoulder by G Hardie running into extra cover off the bowling of R Rowntree (3-36). Further runs were added from a fine knock by R Fisk (48*), maintaining steady progress into the 200’s. J Stanford, making his Sunday batting debut faced a hostile delivery from B Simpson and was unable to protect his wicket. A brief appearance at the crease by D Price (1) was followed by No.9 R Dawtrey (10) who had celebrated his 18th birthday the previous day, brought Singleton’s batting total to 216, supplemented by 55 extras, giving a daunting 271 for Kirdford to chase.
Singleton’s bowling attack of R Dawtrey (2-8) and N Williams (3-19) proved effective against Kirdford’s opening pair of G Fletcher (0) – out to a vicious fast ball that jagged back into the off stump – and B Jeffery (11). In order to make progress, Kirdford’s batsmen needed to hit out, with D Hayward (40) and G Hardie (33) providing much needed impetus to their run chase with some good stroke play to find the boundary. The slower bowling combination of J Abbot (0-26), D Price (1-24), J Gray (1-25) and R Fisk (2-13) claimed Kirdford’s middle order, with B Jeffery unlucky to catch the bales after attempting a shot to square leg, D Hayward eventually caught at mid wicket by S Pegg’s great effort diving to his left and G Hardie bowled by J Gray. Four over’s each from J Stanford (0-25) and S Pegg (1-15) kept up the pressure on the opposition, with the return of R Dawtrey and N Williams ably supported by good catching from keeper G Stanford and J Abbott mopping up the tail end inside Kirdford’s allotted 35 over’s to give them a respectable total of 155.
It is a return to sheepwash meadow next week where Singleton will host Slindon at home.