Scotton humbled by on form Kirkby
KMCC arrived at the SBCG looking for their first away win of the season following successive victories at the fortress KMCG. Scotton themselves however were looking to consolidate on a solid start to the season and entertained high hopes of a victory in this midtable clash. Scotton won the toss and surprisingly inserted Kirkby on a true wicket. The Kirkby openers relishing the prospect of the Scotton bowlers rapidly posted a 50 partnership inside 15 overs to set the Kirkby innings on its way. Three quick wickets then tumbled as is the kirkby fashion this year putting additional pressure on the batting allrounders of Hooks and Duncan Fraser. Their shoulders however were sufficiently broad to take the strain as they compiled a partnership of 128 (Fraser 69, Hooks 54) to take the game away from Scotton in the middle overs and although a few wickets clattered in the final run chase KMCC finished on the highly respectable 223-7 at tea.
Hooks fired up and bowling straight and fast quickly sent the talented Scotton openers packing and when Peter Kirk joined in the festivities the Scotton batting order was left in tatters at 13-4. A mini revival was then strangled in its infancy by a jet lagged El Gringo (Tufnell) who took 4-4 in a spell of 4 overs with a mixed bag of deliveries and the game seemed up for Scotton at 70-9. There then followed a spirited last wicket partnership of 36 to take the gloss of an otherwise excellent performance. This was ended when Duncan returned to the fray to strike with his first ball. This victory took KMCC up to third in the table showing the mediocrity of their and the divisions pretenders form in the early season. Another tantalising clash awaits next saturday as KMCC visit Dacre Banks not the most productive of hunting grounds in recent years.Return to previous screen