South Kirkby set sights on second double

South Kirkby captain Dave Rollin: "Fingers crossed we are going to try to do what we did last year and win the league title and the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy."
South Kirkby captain Dave Rollin: "Fingers crossed we are going to try to do what we did last year and win the league title and the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy."

Skipper Dave Rollin believes South Kirkby have an excellent chance of repeating last season’s exploits in the Pontefract and District Cricket League.

Defending league champions Kirkby retained top spot in Division One with Saturday’s seven-wicket win at West Bretton.

They continue their defence of the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy this Sunday when they host Fairburn in a re-arranged quarterfinal tie after last weekend’s clash was abandoned because of torrential rain.

“We won quite easily on Saturday after going back to the top of the league two weeks ago,” said Rollin.

“We are playing some good cricket. We’ve got over some injuries and the holiday season without too many alarms.

“Most people are back and fit and we’ve got a squad of 14 to 15 players who are raring to go.

“Fingers crossed we are going to try to do what we did last year and win the league title and the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy.”

Kirkby were too good for promoted West Bretton who were reduced to 78-8 by Dean Woolsey (4-25) and Dave Rollin (2-26).

Tony Rushforth (19) and number ten Chris Degnan (34) helped lift Bretton’s total to 137, with the aid of 20 extras.

Max Heritage (1-8), Brayden Clark (1-9) and Adam Rollin (1-18) also bowled well for Kirkby.

An opening partnership of 74 between Jake Rimmington (55) and Steve Secker (54) put Kirkby’s reply well on its way as they knocked off the runs in 31.1 overs.

The next day, Rimmington hit 67 as Kirkby posted 141 against Fairburn in the rain-ruined Dyson-Skidmore Trophy game.

“The match was abandoned half way through and it will start again from scratch next Sunday at South Kirkby,” said captain Rollin.

“It absolutely teemed it down for about half an hour and the square just got flooded.

“The umpires waited until quarter to seven. We sat around for two hours but it wasn’t playable so we abandoned the game.

“I’ve played at Kirkby for 10 years and the wicket we played on last Sunday was terrible and I don’t know why.

“To be honest I thought our total of 141 on that wicket was equilavent to 180 or 190.

“We really worked hard to get 141 so I certainly felt we were still in the game because Fairburn had to bat on it in the second-half.”